Moore's 'Sicko' patients meet the press
EmptyNEW YORK -- In the latest promotional event for Michael Moore's health care documentary "Sicko," three 9/11 workers filmed visiting Cuba to get medical treatment held a press conference to protest what they called "the Bush Administration's politically-motivated investigation of them."
No investigation of workers Reggie Cervantes, John Graham or William Maher has been announced, and no letters have been issued to them saying there will be an investigation.
But attorney Martin Garbus cited letters from the U.S Treasury Dept. to Moore and his travel agency saying they were under investigation, along with a May 20 New York Post article in which Treasury spokesperson Molly Millerwise said "getting medical care is generally "not something we'd license.' "
Cervantes, Graham, Maher and Garbus held the conference at the Davis & Gilbert law offices in Manhattan Friday afternoon to discuss the issues around their poor health care situations, which Cuban doctors treated.
In "Sicko," Moore films himself bringing the rescue workers to Cuba on a boat after cruising outside Guantanamo Bay prison. None of the participants had a licence to enter Cuba.
In an interview after the conference, Garbus said he anticipated an investigation.
The Treasury Dept. said it would not comment on any possible or pending investigations.
Should they happen, Garbus said he would use a First Amendment argument (his client's participation in a documentary) and Fifth Amendment argument (their liberty to travel) to defend the 9/11 workers.
"It's a violation of the constitution to prosecute Americans who can't afford medical treatment in the U.S. if they have to go 90 miles away to get treatment," he said.