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Congresswoman Waters Congratulates Michael Moore

July 21, 2009
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) congratulated Academy-Award winning director Michael Moore on the release of Sicko, his documentary film on the American health care system.

"Michael Moore has applied his considerable genius to illuminate the crisis in the American health care system.  He is to be congratulated for this.  Sicko takes a critical look at the inadequacies of health care in the United States today.  The film puts a human face on the problem of the uninsured and the underinsured with stories of American patients.  In America today, only the rich can be sure they will get good health care when they need it.  This is a terrible tragedy.  It is also a crime," said the Congresswoman. 

Congresswoman Waters congratulated Mr. Moore at a press conference and briefing on the American health care system organized by Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark.  The briefing featured clips from Mr. Moore's documentary.

"Access to health care is one of my highest priorities as a Member of Congress.  The 110th Congress needs to examine the crisis in the American health care system in a serious way and find a way to achieve universal access.  This will cost money.  To find the money, we must end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home," said the Congresswoman.

Congresswoman Waters has been an active and vocal opponent of the war in Iraq. In June 2005, Rep. Waters founded, and now serves as Chair of the "Out of Iraq" Congressional Caucus.  The "Out of Iraq" Caucus, which has more than 75 members, was founded to pressure the Administration into concluding the war in Iraq as soon as possible.

"Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz puts the final figure for the war in Iraq at $1 to $2 trillion.  This includes $500 billion for the war and occupation and up to $300 billion in future health care costs for wounded troops.  These staggering amounts of money for an unnecessary and immoral war are more than enough to pay for universal health care for every American citizen," said Congresswoman Waters.