August 13, 2007, - 3:19 pm

Gee, Why Wasn’t He in the Michael Moore Movie?

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Michael Moore’s flash-in-the-pan “Sicko” movie, which didn’t last long in theaters? Remember how Moore showed us 9/11 rescue workers getting instant, excellent, VIP healthcare in Havana, Cuba?
Well, don’t tell Francisco Chaviano how great CastroCare is. The Cuban dissident was paroled last week after 13 years behind bars, Cuba’s longest serving political prisoner. His crime: He was fighting for human rights in Cuba. So, in 1994, a secret Cuban military court sentenced him to 15 years in prison for “revealing state secrets.” Right. Gee, where were the ACLU lawyers fighting for the rights and freedoms of prisoners on THAT part of Cuba?

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Francisco Chaviano Today & Before Political Imprisonment in Cuba

Now, Chaviano has a lung tumor and heart problems, which haven’t been treated at all in Cuba, the country whose healthcare the flabulous Michael Moore loves so much (but yet doesn’t go there to get his own check-ups). Chaviano hopes to come to–drum roll, please–America for surgery.
But he’s not sure Cuba will let him leave. Maybe Michael Moore can do the right thing and talk to his friend Fidel to get Chaviano freed from the country for proper healthcare here in America.
Don’t hold your breath, though. And don’t hold the cheese, either, on Michael Moore’s double cheesburger.

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6 Responses

Obviously nobody takes Moore seriously. Look at his box office receipts for “Sicko”. Sad part is the ACLU will never do anything about this Debbie, after all its the All Communist Liberty Union. Remember little Ellian?

RadicalRightWinger on August 13, 2007 at 5:06 pm

I can’t wait for Michael Moore to develop diabetes or some other disease that he is eating his way into. Then we watch him as get his health care here…. What a hypocrite

lonewolf on August 13, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Great post Debbie -
Or maybe Charlie Rangel or Steven Spielberg or any other of the ass-kissers who worship at the Temple of Fidel can do the right thing and get this hero medical attention. Yea, right.

CarpeDiem on August 13, 2007 at 9:26 pm

For a book on the gulag Castro is running over there – “Against all Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag” – by Armando Valladares
YES! VALLADARES IS TRULY A HERO. WHEN I WORKED ON CAPITOL HILL, I HEARD HIM SPEAK IN PERSON AND GOT TO MEET HIM. HE IS TRULY AMAZING AND A HERO.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

CarpeDiem on August 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm

If the guy truly has lung and heart problems (and not an attempt for “dry foot” status) we should try to get him into the US for treatment. But, who will pay for this treatment? MM, Castro, Francisco Chaviano or the ever popular pocketbook; the American Taxpayer.

Lostinamerica on August 14, 2007 at 7:44 am

I am amazed at the level of fanaticism certain people have in regards to Cuba. They hear the word ìCubaî and have such an allergic reaction that they go off on a rampage.
Iím a Canadian (who already benefits from state-run free health care), and I do get my check-ups in Cuba, I do get my medical care in Cuba, and I have had surgery in Cuba.
I have also volunteered inside Cuban Rural Hospitals, and have seen with my own eyes that the quality of care is present. Doctors are available (no waiting lists, no line ups, no waiting rooms), medical procedures are done rapidly and efficiently, and above all, no one is refused care.
True, there is a shortage of medication. The Cuban pharmaceutical industry is producing as much as possible, but obtaining some basic materials, basic ingredients is sometimes impossible due to the inhuman US Blockade against Cuba.
One example that comes to mind is this: In Cuba, there are 6 CT-Scan machines available for free to anyone who needs it. 5 out of these 6 machines are non-functional for the past 8 months, because of a missing part that can only be obtained in the US. In spite of numerous attempts to obtain this part to repair these CT Scan machines, the Cubans have been unable to find anyone brave enough to violate the blockade laws and sell them this part.
The same happens with countless medications and medical supplies which the US controlled pharmaceutical companies are refusing to sell to Cuba.
Ö and in spite of this inhuman approach, the Cuban Health Care system is still holding itís own.
Last year, there was an outbreak of Dengue Plague in Central Cuba (rumored to be yet another biological warfare tactic launched against Cuba), with over 12,000 people infected. The death toll was negligible, and most of these people (mainly women and children) were treated successfully by the Cuban Medical System. Poor people, poor villagers who would not have the means to even think about seeing a doctor in another country are treated and cured.
As for the so-called ìHuman Rights Activistî, who was tried and convicted for espionage (sale of state secrets is espionage) and has now been released for medical reasonsÖ yet another demonstration of the humanism of the Cuban Revolution. There are many countries in the world who execute spies or gives them triple life-sentences and does not parole them for no reasonÖ Cuba, on the other hand, simply imprisons them.
I am sure that this spy wants to go to the US for treatment, I am sure that his CIA health care plan will give him access to the best medical care in the USÖ since he has been doing the CIAís dirty work in Cuba for who knows how long, he now wants to go get his medical benefits.
I am sure he will eventually go to the US, and be given the best treatment paid for by his CIA-bosses, and will get a heroís welcome from the spy community who always take care of their own.
As far as I am concerned, people like that (Spies, traitors etc) do not deserve the privilege of health care or even to be released from jail. These people betrayed their country, and the do not deserve to get anything from the country they betrayed.
Frankly, it has been my experience, that Cuba neither wants nor needs these kinds of people in Cuba. There are almost 12 million people who live in Cuba, and only 2 million Cubans living abroad, only a fraction of those for political reasons.
Fidel Castro, in a speech in the early 80ís made it clear that people who are against this revolution are free to go ìWe do not need them, we do not want themî. I guess this is where George Bush got his famous ìWith us or against usî speech.

Canadachris on August 18, 2007 at 1:09 pm

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