We, the millions of people who saw Sicko on its first weekend, were successful beyond all expectations! We packed so many movie theaters across the nation that it will now be shown in 200 more cities starting July 3 and 100 more cities starting July 6. This is a Make it or Break It Week for Sicko! Go there with everyone you can find over age 10 and then you and everyone you bring should sign up for your state's single payer health care plan campaign now! Ticket information, Single Payer bill SB840 websites and Mike's letter are below.
For theaters near you, type your Zip Code at: http://www.sickotix.com/
In California, Sheila Kuehl's SB840, a single payer bill, is working its way through the Legislature for a second time. Last year, it went through the Legislature and Gov Schwarzenegger vetoed it became, in my opinion, it was too much like the excellent national healthcare plan he had in Austria; he is promoting the anti-health care insurance companies which are eliminated in Kuehl's bill. Let us hope his possible veto is overriden this time; the Legislature should be able to do that if they hear from all Californians who went to Sicko, and hopefully, all Californians over the age of 10 will see Sicko, please. For more information, see: http://www.singlepayernow.net
Some key facts from the SB840 Factsheet: It will cover all Californians and there will be no such thing as pre-existing conditions denials. It will also include dental and vision care and a wide variety of other medical needs from hearing aids to translation services to ambulance to skilled nursing facilities.
WE HAD SINGLE PAYER ON THE 1994 BALLOT AND THE VOTERS ALLOWED THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO CONVINCE THEM TO DEFEAT IT. WILL YOU LET SICKO CONVINCE YOU TO GET RID OF THE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES SO WE CAN HAVE SINGLE PAYER NOW, PLEASE?!
The results are in from the weekend -- and they are amazing! "Sicko" more than doubled what industry insiders had predicted it would do for the weekend and, as I predicted, it did indeed have the second largest opening weekend in film history for a documentary (after F911). It also had the second highest per screen average for the weekend (after the Pixar animated film, "Ratatouille"). All this in spite of the fact, as Variety wrote, it's not been a very good year for documentaries at the box office. According to Variety, there have been 29 docs released in theaters in 2007, and they have grossed less than two million combined. What does it say about the state of affairs for non-fiction films if, in just three days, one film more than doubles what all 29 of them did together? I've decided I want to do something about this. I see so many great documentaries and it's a shame that most of you don't get to see them. Later this year, I will announce a new project that will help other filmmakers get the distribution they deserve.
Of course, if you live in Lincoln, NE; Bangor, ME; Reno, NV; New Haven, CT; Columbia, SC; or Oklahoma City, you didn't get to see "Sicko" this weekend either. But thanks to the massive turnout in the 440 theaters who had it, the studio has decided to expand "Sicko," TODAY (Tuesday, July 3) to 200 more theaters! And this Friday, they will add another 100 cities. Those of you who went to see it in the last few days have made it possible for others around the country to see my movie. Thank you.
So this will become the make-it-or-break-it week for "Sicko." Will you help me? Here's something you can do right now. Go to your address book icon on your computer and send a brief note to all your friends and associates about why they should see "Sicko." Then organize a group of your friends to go see "Sicko" some night this week. I promise you that you won't be disappointed. After all, what's the worst that could happen -- a pardon or a commutation from the President of the United States?
On Sunday, Canada celebrated the 45th anniversary of its free, universal health care system -- with its built-in bonus of living longer than we do. Why do they have this and not us? We've already taken their Stanley Cup from them for good. Let's demand we get to live as long as they do, too! What good is a dumb ol' Cup if we aren't around long enough to use it?
The letters you are sending me are powerful and profound. Thank you for sharing with me thousands of more stories about the criminal way our system operates. One woman wrote to say her dentist just gave her this choice: have all her teeth pulled, or pay him $30,000 to fix and rebuild them. She told me she's made the choice to give up her teeth -- a choice she was forced to make only because she lives from paycheck to paycheck in middle class America. This is a crime.
Go to your address book on your computer now and send out that e-mail to everyone you know and tell them to find their way to the theater this week. This film stands the chance of igniting a movement. Let's not let this moment pass.
Michael Moore email@example.com