Michael Moore and Oprah Ask Audience: Why Should US Health Care Be for Profit?

When Oprah Winfrey welcomed Michael Moore and two health insurance experts to her program on Thursday to discuss the health care crisis in America, she set as the central question for debate, "Do you fundamentally believe that the child of a gas station attendance and the child of an investment banker deserve the same health care?"

Professor Uwe Reinhardt, a German-born expert on health care economics, said Americans needed to overcome their "hangups about government" and start expecting government to do more.

"We love our country and yet we hate our government," commented Moore. "I don't think it's so much the government as who's put in charge of the government. There's nothing wrong with FEMA. ... What's wrong is heckuva job Brownie."

"Until we all see ourselves in the same boat, that we sink or swim together, we won't respond, whether it's to Katrina or to this health insurance crisis," Moore continued. "Are we the people who want to believe that we are all in this together, or is it every man for himself?"

"This is what Jesus would do," Moore added. "He wouldn't have let the child of a gas station attendant go without."

"We have been propagandized into believing that socialized is such a negative term," agreed Winfrey.

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