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After all the free publicity, sycophantic interviews, obsequious op-ed pieces, and general media acclaim, Michael Moore’s health care schlockumentary is enduring a surprisingly anemic box office:
Sicko is bombing — financially and politically. After three weeks in wide release, it has managed to scrape together just $15.8 million in box office receipts. For most documentaries, that would be a notable take. But given the expectations, this is an enormous failure.
What’s that about?
One possible explanation for SiCKO’s sickly ticket sales is that much of his target audience had already watched it on the web before its official release. If that is indeed the explanation, it constitutes a particularly sweet brand of poetic justice.
But it is also possible to interpret SiCKO’s weak box office as a sign that the general public is not quite as dumb as Moore and his media accomplices think. Maybe the hoi polloi for whom he has such obvious contempt recognize Moore for what he is: a con artist.
Here’s hoping that this is indeed the explanation, and that the electorate is equally suspicious of the various “universal” health care plans touted by various con artists from Washington.
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+ May 2007
August 4th, 2007 at 6:17 pm
Thanks to you, Stuart, for your efforts. Proper health care reform is too importnat to let slide by.
One observation I have not yet seen anywhere: “gov’t” is lauded and put forth as a solution to a problem area for which everyone wants a simple solution. Of course, no solution(s) to this will be simple. The observation is that it is “gov’t” that bears so much responsibility for where we are. Not only with their majority share as payer of health care now, who artificially propped up HMOs in the 80-s to give them a chance to survive when most of corporate America did not want them? The “HMO Act” benevolently (pardon the sacrasm) by our friends in Washington which allowed HMOs to force their way into virtually every employer based health plan. Now, a couple of decades later, they want to rescue us from these “rapacious corporate monsters” they nurtured and promoted.
I don’t want them to save me from their next “savior solution” with another debacle.