“Sicko” Documentary Showing at Redding Library


"Sicko,” a documentary that examines this country’s health care system and pharmaceutical industry, will be shown this Saturday, April 29 in the Community Room of the Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Avenue. The film begins at 3 p.m. and admission is free.
“Sicko” was produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Michael Moore. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and received a 17-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film compares health care delivery in the United States with the universal coverage that is offered in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Cuba. Critic Stephen Schaefer of the Boston Globe described the documentary as "a very strong and very honest film about a health system that's totally corrupt and that is without any care for its patients."
For more information, contact Christine Mitchell at (530) 226-8339.

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  1. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Sort of a shaggy dog story to follow.

    I was listening to the Outlaw Country station on Sirius XM satellite radio yesterday afternoon.  Chris Shiflett was playing songs off his new album and sporting a legit sense of humor between songs, bantering with the host.  Shiflett’s day job is lead guitar for the indie rock band Foo Fighters, but on the side he does country.

    Anyway, the host asked Shiflett how he came up with the name of his backing band, “The Dead Peasants.”  He said he’d originally intended to call his band “Los Deportados” (The Deported), but found that the name was taken.  He was watching “Sicko,” and was struck by the bit where some corporations take out life insurance policies on rank-and-file employees, without the knowledge of the employees, and pocket the benefit in the event of death. The corporate higher-ups and insurance brokers refer to the insurance as “dead peasant policies.”

    That’s some pretty decent gallows humor on Shiflett’s part, if you ask me.

    • cheyenne says:

      Steve, interesting.  I knew companies took out insurance on some of their employees but I never thought about where that money goes when the employee died.  I assumed to the employee’s family.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        My company had a “key person” life insurance policy on my head, with the bank as the first beneficiary (paying off the balance of the loan) and company as the secondary beneficiary.  It’s not that I or anyone else in the company wanted it—it came as a requirement of the bank loan when we started out.  For reasons that were never explained, we weren’t required to cover the other three owners.  Long paid off, so we dropped the policy.

        • name says:

          Key person is different, and often important.  Many companies use the dead peasant insurance, and it is questionable whether they have an “insurable interest” in the rank/file employees.  (Wal*Mart got busted and settled a few years back).



          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I understood the bank’s need for the insurance—it’s just that the bank never explained why they singled me out from the four principals who all co-signed the loan, and our CFO didn’t ask because she didn’t want to talk them into requiring more policies.

            It wasn’t because I was the oldest—not by almost a decade.  I always wondered if our banker thought, “Man, that one dude is on his last legs.”

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