Sicko by Michael Moore Reactions?

Michael Moore is right, in my opinion, about the terrible state of health care in the USA. It's not like that in every country, but here, if you get seriously ill, you had better have a lot of money, a great insurance policy or -- a quick death. I saw some statistics that indicated the majority of bankruptcies come after a serious illness strikes the family.
But here on Yahoo answers, some of our posters from the UK, like England and Scotland, have said they do not worry, they just go to the doctor or hospital.
Here in the US, however, "Big Pharm" is such a money machine that they have bought enough politicos to make sure that we either pay them or die.
I think Michael Moore did an excellent job of pointing this out in his film. Now, the question is, what can we do about it?

Opinions on Michael Moore?

He must have been VERY unpopular in high school.
There are enough people in the world to provide examples of how to learn from an unpopular youth, that Moore might have learned from them and taken the high road and acquired some social and reasoning skills. Unfortunately, there are also many who let their childhood turn them into exceedingly unpleasant adults, which seems the route that Moore took.
The factual errors, bad reasoning, and absence of perspicuity in his films demonstrate little desire if any, to inform. They seem driven by bitterness, and indulging the bitterness is a more plausible explanation of their content than any determination to inform the public. In general I don't think it's a good policy to psychoanalyze writers and filmmakers, but Moore's output is so uniquely hateful that it begs to be deconstructed. It's far worse even than the commentary of TV pundits like Olbermann and Limbaugh, Maher and Coulter, Huffington and O'Reilly.

Why do people hate Michael Moore?

I am incredibly liberal and I used to love Michael Moore's documentaries until I saw that in fact he does lie in them. I am not just talking about little white lies either. I learned all this from the documentary "manufacturing dissent". I would highly recommend it if you want to understand why you cannot trust a word Michael Moore says.
His whole movie Roger and Me focused on how Roger Smith, the CEO of GM, wouldn't meet with him no matter how hard he tried. That is the focus of the documentary, but the reality is that he did meet with Roger, but cut it from the film. His documentary about capitalism is all about how greedy the wealthy people are and how they will never let "us" become wealthy. Michael Moore has made 120 million dollars from his documentarys and he lives in the lap of luxury.
After watching that documentary, I'm convinced that his game plan is to make money by making propaganda style documentarys about whatever the most popular issue is of the day.

Who criticizes Michael Moore?

I like Michael Moore - but he is just another talking head that leans. Truth is always found somewhere in the middle. For entertainment's sake he's fun. It's always good though to have Michael Moores and Rush Limbaughs and all the lefters and the righters with extreme opinions and insight - it opens up conversation but the really intelligent folks will know how to sort through it all to find the truth - the rest are just sheep on the left side of the pasture or the right side.

Do you like Michael Moore?

I like Michael Moore for several reasons, all come with the disclaimer that his work is propaganda. His latest and best known films are clearly one sided. So what! Who says films are supposed to be balanced and objective? The informed public knows what they will get if they go to "Sicko" or "Fahrenheit 9-11". His films are in your face and provocative. He is what democracy is all about: free speech and exposing dishonesty, stupidity and the social norms of the day. If he were a conservative Republican who glorified Mr. Bush, slammed government intervention in Americans' lives or did a documentary on how guns have saved thousands of lives in America then progressive thinkers would be outraged. There are posters here that "hate" MM because of his views and they call him a groundhog and a traitor. How does an idea ever get into your fortress like minds? Your ideas have merit but your hatred only exposes your prejudices and ignorance. His work is propaganda - it's that simple but it is still important. I think that I like him most because he is courageous but I certainly don't agree with everything he has to say! He is not against American values or the "American Dream". He asks questions and proposes alternative truths that most in the media and in government and the unthinking publc do not want discussed. Silence Michael Moore and democracy suffers. His voice and the voices of critics must be heard loud and clear. Many who hate him are playing partisan politics and just do not like to hear a viewpoint that is different than their own.

You mean Sicko is NOT Michael Moore's Autobiography?

The following are Michael Moore films and awards
1- Roger & Me:
Moore first became famous for his controversial 1989 film, Roger & Me, a documentary about what happened to Flint, Michigan after General Motors closed its factories and opened new ones in Mexico, where the workers were paid much less. Since then Moore has been known as a critic of the neoliberal view of globalization. "Roger" is Roger B. Smith, former CEO and president of General Motors.
2-Canadian Bacon: In 1995, Moore released a satirical film, Canadian Bacon, which features a fictional US president (played by Alan Alda) engineering a fake war with Canada in order to boost his popularity. It is noted for containing a number of Canadian and American stereotypes, and for being Moore's only non-"documentary" film. The film is also the last featuring Canadian-born actor John Candy, and also features a number of cameos by other Canadian actors. In the film, several potential enemies for America's next great campaign are discussed by the president and his cabinet. (The scene was strongly influenced by the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove.) His military adviser, played by Rip Torn, quickly rebuffs this idea, saying that no one would care about "...a bunch of guys driving around blowing up rent-a-cars".
3-The Big One: In 1997, Moore directed The Big One, which documents the tour publicizing his book Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American, in which he criticizes mass layoffs despite record corporate profits. Among others, he targets Nike for outsourcing shoe production to Indonesia.
4-Bowling for Columbine: Moore's 2002 film, Bowling for Columbine, probes the culture of guns and violence in the United States, taking as a starting point the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. Bowling for Columbine won the Anniversary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and France's Cesar Award as the Best Foreign Film. In the United States, it won the 2002 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. It also enjoyed great commercial and critical success for a film of its type and became, at the time, the highest-grossing mainstream-released documentary (a record later held by
5-Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11). It was praised by some for illuminating a subject slighted by the mainstream media, but it was attacked by others who claim it is inaccurate and misleading in its presentations and suggested interpretations of events.
Fahrenheit 9/11: Fahrenheit 9/11 examines America in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, particularly the record of the Bush administration and alleged links between the families of George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden. Fahrenheit was awarded the Palme d'Or, the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival; it was the first documentary film to win the prize since 1956. Moore later announced that Fahrenheit 9/11 would not be in consideration for the 2005 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, but instead for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He stated he wanted the movie to be seen by a few million more people, preferably on television, by election day. Since November 2 was less than nine months after the film's release, it would be disqualified for the Documentary Oscar. Moore also said he wanted to be supportive of his "teammates in non-fiction film." However, Fahrenheit received no Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The title of the film alludes to the classic book Fahrenheit 451 about a future totalitarian state in which books are banned; according to the book, paper begins to burn at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. The pre-release subtitle of the film confirms the allusion: "The temperature at which freedom burns." At the box office, Fahrenheit 9/11 remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time, taking in close to $200 million worldwide, including United States box office revenue of $120 million.
6-Sicko: Moore directed this film about the American health care system from the viewpoint of mental health care, focusing particularly on the managed-care and pharmaceutical industries. At least four major pharmaceutical companies -- Pfizer, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline -- ordered their employees not to grant any interviews to Moore.[4][5][6] According to Moore on a letter at his website, "roads that often surprise us and lead us to new ideas -- and challenge us to reconsider the ones we began with have caused some minor delays." The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 19 May 2007 and will be released in the U.S. and Canada on 29 June 2007.[7] The film has already been subject of some controversy when it became known that Moore went to Cuba to shoot parts of the film. The United States is looking into whether this violates the trade embargo.
Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American film director, producer, author and liberal political activist.
It really did not take a documentary from M. Moore for people to know that we have a sick health care system.
With about 46 millions Americans without health insurance, huge cost for the care we actually get. A fee for service system that is plagued with corruption. An HMO system that is not properly monitored and out of line.
poor care for veterans and wounded in Iraq.
If you are so blind by politics, that you do not care to know about this things, you are riped to be ripped off by the US health care system. And you will.

Why do people hate michael moore?

I like Michael Moore. But I'm also Canadian. Michael Moore is American but tries to point out obvious flaws in the American culture which American's obviously aren't going to like. I think he just tries to achieve awareness on certain subjects that most American's aren't even aware exist. He attacks the whole society and holds all of the American society accountable for the way of life therefore everyone gets offended. I find truth to the things he says. Like "all American's lock their doors". And American's couldn't believe that alot of Canadian's don't lock their doors even in some of the most dangerous cities. Canada has strict gun regulations and have a lower crime rate, even though the U.S believes guns provide protection even though their violence and crime rates are some of the highest in the world. He challenges the believes of the American society and they don't want to hear it. Plain and simple. I like him and think he has alot of truth to his words, which many don't want to hear.

Michael Moore Biased?

Michael Moore is the biggest hypocrite in Hollywood... And that is saying A LOT...
He invests in the same corporations he claims to despise...
He does everything possible to avoid using union labor during his productions...
He works just as hard to pay as little as possible as all the other rich people...
Occupy Wall Street even boo'ed him and kicked him out of the movement.
As for his FILMS... Not "Documentaries" but Fictional Films... "How would I Know" summed it up pretty well...
His films are about as accurate as when a horror film starts with "Based on a true story".
Sicko is as accurate as The Haunting in Connecticut.
► The lies of Michael Moore. - Slate
► USA Today's 'Sicko' Debate

What's with Michael Moore?

Moore has burned himself out by going far beyond the truth and is now only supported by the very far left. The far left love to take his half truths and repete them as fact, why because they read it so if must be fact.
It's a shame that Moore has gotten even a fraction of the attention that he has over the years because he and others like him have only helped to divide the country more than it needs to be.
We should never turn our polictics into hate and distrust for our fellow Americans, but then to profit from it?
I sure we can name names on both sides left and right, so lets put them all in a plane and fly them to a third world Island somewhere and let them go about their business free from the burdens of the rest of the world.

When will Michael Moore make?

After reading through some of the answers, I am somewhat surprised that Michael is viewed by some as a true journalist. I have never attacked the messenger as implied in some of the answers - it is his one-sided, obviously biased op-eds that I criticize.
Michael is very good at what he does, however, making documentaries is not what he does. As far as proof of this, ask yourself why, in his glowing report of the medical care in Cuba, he failed to mention that when Fidel was ill, they imported a doctor from Spain to care for him, or why there is such a large Cuban population in the south east, or why the Cubans keep coming to our shores in just about anything that floats.
Remember, a true documentary presents ALL of the facts and BOTH sides of an issue - not just the writer's bias and opinion.