Do yourself a favor, take an hour and watch this movie:
It is a beautifully directed, engagingly sober, humane, and very intelligent examination of U.S. healthcare’s multi-payer system. The core point: Our healthcare industry is devouring the viability of the society it is supposed to serve.
In part, this film’s power derives from the pithy and heartfelt contributions of national healthcare luminaries, like Don Berwick, Uwe Reinhardt, and former CIGNA executive Wendell Potter (who quit CIGNA over a crisis of conscience, has relentlessly campaigned about corrosive industry practices and was part of the team that put this together).
One company’s story
Richard Master, an attorney and CEO of MCS Industries, a mid-sized firm that is the nation’s leading manufacturer of wall and poster frames, was the Executive Producer and instrumental in getting the film done. He makes compellingly powerful observations about the unnecessary burden that U.S. healthcare, as it is currently configured, represents for his “worker family,” his business, and the country.
A long list of healthcare experts, physicians, business people, and patients weigh in, and each point is well-formed, supporting the larger argument. The story’s structure is masterfully handled by Director Vincent Mondillo, and Eric Werner’s photography is striking.
Fiercely pro-single payer
Make no mistake: This is a fiercely pro single payer documentary, but its perspectives are indisputably credible, solidly in the national interest and deserve a hearing.
“Imagine what it would mean for our infrastructure,” Mr. Master says at the end, “for disposable income, for our overall economic vitality. Imagine what it would mean for our business community not to have this albatross around their necks. It would be extraordinary!”