Michael Moore Bashes Obamacare for Being Pro-Insurance Industry
He urges people to support a government-backed health plan while noting that the president's system has provided cheaper care for those who need it.
Michael Moore calls Obamacare both "awful" and "a godsend" in a New York Times op-ed to mark the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act's new insurance exchanges.
He notes that the Affordable Care Act has provided cheaper health insurance for those who needed it, like his friend Donna Smith, who has cancer and was bankrupted by previous health problems.
But he says that the "fatal flaw" with the president's system is that it is a pro-insurance industry plan instead of a single-payer extension of Medicare, which Obama knew he should have pushed for, Moore writes.
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Moore claims that Obamacare is merely a modified version of the health care system implemented in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney.
"The president took Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and just improved some of its provisions," the filmmaker writes. "In effect, the president was simply trying to put lipstick on the dog in the carrier on top of Mitt Romney’s car. And we knew it."
Moore, who previously took on insurance companies with Sicko, his 2007 film about the American health care system, also argues that the "affordable" part of the Affordable Care Act is not true for many people, writing that the cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000-a-year in Hartford, Conn. will cost $11,800 in annual premiums with a $12,600 deductible.
In closing, he urges people to push for the changes necessary to create universal quality health care, including Medicaid expansion and the option of a health plan run by the government rather than a private insurer on the insurance exchange.