Posted on May 31, 2007

Michael Moore to Testify at Landmark Sacramento Legislative Briefing on "Sicko" June 12


CNA/NNOC Hosts Big Rally, Premiere for RNs, Doctors, Patient Advocates

For Immediate Release
May 30, 2007

Contact: Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246, 415-559-8991 (cell), Shum Preston, 510-273-2276

Film maker Michael Moore will testify at a landmark Sacramento legislative briefing on his stunning new documentary “Sicko” Tuesday, June 12, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee announced today.

The briefing is sponsored by State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, chair of the Senate Health Committee, and author of a sweeping healthcare reform bill, SB 840. The briefing for legislative co-authors of SB 840 will be followed by a big rally with Moore and Physicians for a National Health Program on the West Steps of the Capitol and then a special premiere of “Sicko” for RNs, doctors and invited guests.

Leading up to the legislative briefing and rally, Moore, CNA Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, and Sen. Kuehl, will participate in an upcoming web chat about “Sicko”.

Legislative briefing with Michael Moore:

Tuesday, June 12, 12 — 1:30 p.m., State Capitol, Room 4203
CNA-sponsored rally with Moore:
Tuesday, June 12, 2 p.m., Capitol West Steps

“Sicko” is a stunning new documentary on the U.S. healthcare crisis that opens in U.S. theaters on June 29.

CNA/NNOC is working with Physicians for a National Health Program, Health Care-Now and other nurse groups across the U.S. to promote the film and build a broader movement for genuine reform, like SB 840 or HR 676 in Congress that would establish a single-payer system similar to an expanded and improved Medicare for all.

DeMoro, who attended a private screening in New York, notes that “Sicko” is “not just an indictment of an indefensible healthcare industry in the U.S. It’s a rejoinder for those who think we can fix the soulless monster by tinkering with an unconscionable system that puts us further in thrall to those who created the crisis.

“At a time when the apologists of accommodation are promoting the lowest common denominator, Moore most of all offers a vision and hope,” says DeMoro. That hope, she says, is symbolized by SB 840, which is pending before the state legislature, and HR 676.