The release of Michael Moore's upcoming documentary on the U.S. health care industry, Sicko, is finally approaching and so is the inevitable controversy. The NYPost, which is of course no friend to Moore, is claiming to have some advance details on the film. They claim that, in classic Moore fashion, the filmmaker decided to show the failings of the U.S. health care system by taking Ground Zero responders, who are now suffering from a variety of illnesses, to Cuba for medical treatment.

Moore apparently went to the Fealgood Foundation, which is trying to raise money for the responders who are now ill from exposure to toxic debris, to find willing participants. Some stayed astonishingly tight to America's anti-Cuba roots: "I would rather die in America than go to Cuba," Joe Picurro said, even though he has so many 9/11 ailments that he needs fundraisers to pay his expenses. I can see not buying into Moore's stunt, but wow, animosity to Castro sure runs deep!

Another man, Michael McCormack, was all set to go and was left in the dust. The responder said: "What he [Moore] wanted to do is shove it up George W's rear end that 9/11 heroes had to go to a communist country to get adequate health care." But then they went without him: "It's the ultimate betrayal. You're promised that you're going to be taken care of and then you find out you're not. He's trying to profiteer off of our suffering." While I feel bad for him, I can't help but want to say "duh." The Post says that he played them a tape of a conversation with a Moore producer where "the woman is heard apologizing for not taking McCormack, while saying the production company was not offering anyone guarantees of a cure." I can't help but wonder if one day, Moore will just tick off too many people, and his controversial buzz will finally be the death of his career.
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