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Moore’s Dilemma

What’s an anti-capitalism propagandist to do these days? In his movie, Sicko, Michael Moore championed the accomplishments of the Cuban health-care system and cited the Castro regime’s “impressive statistics” in regard to infant mortality. On the other hand, he’s been highly critical of the American plan that will be put in place by the passing of the recent U.S. health-care bill. In an NPR interview, he expressed his frustration as follows:

The larger picture here is that the private insurance companies are still the ones in charge. They’re still going to call the shots. And if anything, they’ve just been given another big handout by the government by guaranteeing customers. I mean, this is really kind of crazy when you think about it.

The problem is that Moore’s health-care idol, Fidel Castro, thinks ObamaCare is great. “We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama’s) government,” said the dictator (who also thought breeding a line of dwarf cows would feed all of Cuba). Is Moore willing to part company with the benevolent medical genius who once saw fit to incarcerate Cubans with AIDS? Can the communist icon whose own life-threatening illness forced him to get treatment outside of communist Cuba possibly be wrong?

Moore’s dilemma is a beautiful example of the twin delusions of communism. Another country’s state-run system looks great to comfortable, well-fed Americans because they’re far enough away from the hell to buy the snow-job. Communist dictators are kept in the dark in another way. No one is brave enough to give them bad news. Castro doesn’t know from the nuances of ObamaCare because he doesn’t even know from the nuances of CastroCare. All he knows is that the same wave that brought Michael Moore to Cuba to film a flattering movie just brought something called “mandatory coverage” to America. That’s good enough for him. Contrary to Michael Moore, communism demands the shedding of self-criticism — which, even if he doesn’t know it, is probably why he’s such a fan.



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