Michael Moore Takes Sicko 9/11 Responders To Cuba

Details about Michael Moore's next film have started to leak out, a month before the film is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival. As you already know, Sicko is Moore's attack on the faulty U.S. healthcare system, HMOs, American drug companies and the corruption in the Food and Drug Administration. Michael Moore has said, "If people ask, we tell them 'Sicko' is a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth."

According to the New York Post, Moore took ailing Ground Zero responders to on a two-week February trip to Cuba to prove that the U.S. health-care system is inferior to Fidel Castro's socialized medicine." The 9/11 workers were told that Cuba, which has free healthcare, had made recent advancements in treating respiratory illness (which they have).

I guess a sizable portion of the film focuses on the lack of medical care being provided to the people who worked at Ground Zero. While United States travel to Cuba is severely restricted, Moore's crew was granted access through a "general license that allows for journalistic endeavors there." One source claimed that the group of people that went for the trip left "utterly happy."

The NY Post is owned by News Corp, and is known to have a huge conservative bias. That said, the Post's coverage also includes interview tidbits from a bunch of 9/11 responders who refused Moore's offer, calling it an insult. I don't know how a paper could possibly begin to spin an all expenses paid paid trip to get medical help as an insult. I would think that our country not being able to properly treat these 9/11 respiratory conditions to be the insult. But what do I know? I wasn't there.

Moore has previously announced that the film will be released in June 2007.