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Michael Moore Throws Down The Gauntlet

Michael Moore, documentary-maker and progressive, has thrown down the gauntlet to ANY Democrat in the US congress who votes against the Public Option for healthcare reform in America. As some may know, he has a new film coming out, Capitalism: A Love Story, which opens in American theatres this coming weekend. From advance reviews and trailers it looks like a terrific film. And in the runup to general release, MM has been out and about, talking about the film and current events, which of course means – healthcare reform. Here’s a quote from a speech he gave just in the last day or so:

“To the Democrats in Congress who don’t quite get it: I want to offer a personal pledge. I – and a lot of other people – have every intention of removing you from Congress in the next election if you stand in the way of health care legislation that the people want,” Moore told supporters of women’s groups and unions gathered at the headquarters of the government watchdog group Public Citizen. “That is not a hollow or idle threat. We will come to your district and we will work against you, first in the primary and, if we have to, in the general election.”

Booyakasha! Now that’s the business, that’s the kind of language which people need to use to get the attention of those we elect to office. Unfortunately, the US Senate Finance Committee has just deep-sixed any possibility of the public option (basically government-run health insurance, which would be cheaper and more reliable) by a vote of 15-8 (uh huh, the Democrats have 60 seats in the Senate, yet the decision on a public option gets taken by 23 senators. Oh, land of the fee!). This is seen as victory one particular Democrat senator, Max Baucus, who was booed at a big Obama rally a week or so ago. I dont think he’s gonna be a senator for vewwy much longer…

And when Michael Moore gets to hear about this, I don’t he’s going to pleased, or indeed polite. Here’s a link to his site:

http://www.michaelmoore.com/

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  1. David C Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    US healthcare reform does seem to me to be a no-brainer but I also have reservations about Mr Moore-the guy practically gave Bush a second term.”I-and a lot of other people…”-for MM the I seems to be most important.

  2. rockitboy Says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve heard comments similar to yours from others, and not just about MM. Do you think that he should present his case in a de-personalised way, without any hint that he has a committment or a stake in it? If I were American, I would take the buying of senators by the Health industry very personally, pretty much as I take the privatisation-by-stealth of the NHS very personally.

  3. Qatux Says:

    October 24th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Rich people are mostly right wing and rich people control much of the the media. No surprise there.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/blog/.....cle/17283/

    Just the same here. The Murdock media support the right. No political party is supporting ordinary people of modest means against injustice by large companies, banks and government.

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