Magazine article Workforce Management

Employers Lash out at Moore's Sicko Agenda

Magazine article Workforce Management

Employers Lash out at Moore's Sicko Agenda

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Like a growing number of employer groups, filmmaker Michael Moore says he wants to fix America's $2 trillion health care system. But that's where the similarity ends.

Moore's film Sicfeo, which he describes as "a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth," promises to deliver a withering, if one-sided, indictment against America's health care system, taking particular aim at the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

And though they have not yet seen the movie, to be released nationwide Friday, health insurance and pharmaceutical executives and employer groups have been striking back at Moore and his proposal to end the health care crisis by abolishing private health insurance in favor of a government-run single-payer plan.

"The American people do not support a government takeover of the entire health care system because they know that means long waits for rationed care," said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's lobby group, in a press release.

The statement was issued just after Moore appeared before throngs of supporters outside the statehouse in Sacramento, California, where he had been stumping for his policy-and his movie -as part of a well-coordinated publicity campaign.

Employers and the groups who represent their health care policy positions also spoke last week about Moore's attempt to thrust the health care debate from policy and political circles onto the stage of the Hollywood summer blockbuster.

"Without question there are problems in the American health care system," says Neil Trautwein, vice president and employee benefits policy counsel for the National Retail Federation, that industry's lobby group. …

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