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Where is Our Soul, Asks Michael Moore

After his stunning indictment of Bushs Iraq War with his Farenheit 9/11, Hollywood director Michael Moore is making his countrys ruling elite squirm with his Sicko .

The movie, which has taken Cannes by storm, portrays a country where the government is more interested in personal profit and protecting big business than caring for its citizens, many of whom cannot afford health insurance.

When asked about this latest ouvre, irrepressible Michael Moore shot back, "If people ask, we tell them 'Sicko' is a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth." He says the U.S. health care system is driven by greed and asks of Americans in general, "Where is our soul?"

He demands to know why 50 million Americans, 9 million of them children, live without cover, while those that are insured are often driven to poverty by spiraling costs or wrongly refused treatment at all. He goes on to stress that it is call to action.

He could even go to jail for taking a group of volunteers suffering ill health after helping in the September 11, 2001 rescue efforts on an unauthorized trip to Cuba, where they received exemplary treatment at virtually no cost.

"SiCKO" uses humor and tragic personal stories to get the point across, and had a packed audience variously laughing and in tears. There was loud applause at the end of the two-hour documentary, which is out of the main Cannes competition.

Moore was asked by journalists why he painted such a rosy picture of other countries' health systems, including Britain, France, Canada and Cuba, and the implied criticism is likely to be raised again. But he defended his methods.

"I recognize that there are flaws in your system but that's not for me to correct, that's for you to correct," he told a Canadian reporter.

One section of the film explains how a U.S. man severed the tip of two fingers in an accident and was told he wo
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