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Film / Sicko

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Sicko is a 2007 documentary film created by Michael Moore that criticizes the American healthcare system.

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  • Bilingual Dialogue: Moore does this with the French, who can understand his English.
  • Citizenship Marriage: The ending combines the citizenship and insurance variations by imploring American viewers to marry Canadians in order to take advantage of their universal health care system, even setting up a spoof website (which seems to be undergoing Defictionalization) to the effect.
  • Reverse Slippery Slope Fallacy: Moore tries to allay worries about government-operated healthcare by pointing out that America has already implemented government-operated schools and a government-operated mail service. You might say that this part of the slope has already been traveled in the abundance of countries which already have government-operated healthcare, but although that is relevant to the government healthcare argument it is not relevant to the question of whether Michael Moore himself committed the fallacy.
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  • You Won't Feel a Thing: One of the tag lines for the film (a documentary about health care in the US and around the world) is "this may hurt a little". Promotional materials also use "get well soon!"


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