Sophia Yen responds to Michael Moore’s endorsement of Barack Obama

Letter to Michael Moore in response to his mass email endorsement of Obama

As the director of Sicko and a MIchigander, you should have endorsed HIllary

Dear Michael,

As a pediatrician, adolescent medicine specialist, advocate for universal health care, supporter of reasonable gun laws, sister of an Iraq veteran, I am a HUGE fan of yours! starting from Roger and Me, and through Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.

I am sorry to see your endorsement of Hillary based on the one comment about Farrakhan. Obama/Wright’s church gave Farrakhan the “Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright,Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer” Award at the 2007 Trumpet Gala. Obama is a member and donor to the church. He and wife donated $22,500 to the Church in 2006.

1. As a Michigander, you should be upset with Obama because:

A. Obama doesn’t want your your vote in this primary. He said that he would agree to a re-vote in Michigan, if the DNC agreed. The DNC agreed and then Obama told his supporters to vote against it.

B. Obama chose Iowa and NH over Michigan. His campaign decided to pull out of Michigan b/c he wanted to kiss Iowa and NH’s bottoms.
From Taylor Marsh.
Giving the finger to Michigan is just nuts. Sucking up to Iowa and ignoring Michigan’s importance in the general election is also plain stupid.

Why would the other campaigns drop out of a major battleground state less than three months before the voting is to begin?

One big reason is the pressure on these candidates from Iowa and New Hampshire, and to a lesser extent South Carolina and Nevada, which are furious with Michigan (and Florida) for muscling into the early primary lineup in violation of the rules. Michigan has been seething for years that little Iowa and New Hampshire have had such a big role in shaping the nominations, saying they aren’t representative of the rest of the country. … ..

2. As the Writer/Producer/Director of Sicko, have you spoken to the universal healthcare and healthcare people about Hillary versus Obama’s healthcare plans?

A. Those who support universal health care know that Obama’s plan and tactic regarding how to get there will keep us from the goal of universal healthcare until the president after him, if Obama is elected.

See my article:

The difference between the plans could well be the difference between achieving universal health coverage — a key progressive goal — and falling far short.

Under the Hillary plan, everyone will be able to afford coverage, Noted health expert Ken Thorpe of Emory University concluded.

It has been estimated that the Obama plan would leave 9- 15 million people out (because they would opt out by not buying insurance), which drives up costs because everyone else ends up subsidizing their emergency care.

The Clinton-type plan would cost $2,700 per newly insured person, an Obama-type plan would cost $4,400.

B. Obama pulling a swiftboat! He is lying about Hillary’s plan.
His campaign ads on Saturday in PA.
“What’s she not telling you about her health care plan? It forces everyone to buy insurance even if you can’t afford it.”

He did it back in Feb, got called on it. And keeps doing. He is preying on people’s fears of universal healthcare.

check out the lead article on:

3. As for integrity, what about his supporters trying to swiftboat Hillary on SCHIP?

and his swiftboating of Hillary above.

As for pushing race-based politics….

“I don’t want to wake up four years from now and discover that we still have more young black men in prison than in college.”
–Obama, at fund-raiser in Harlem, NY, Nov. 29, 2007.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 106,000 African-American males aged between 18 and 24 were in federal or state prisons at the end of 2005. (See table 10 of this report.) Another 87,000 were temporarily incarcerated in local jails in mid-2006. According to 2005 Census data, 530,000 African-American males of this age group were in college. Thus, Obama’s statement above is not true.

Obama was the first to play the race card bySean Wilentz

Though the pertinent reasons as a Michigander and supporter of universal health care to support Hillary arethat:

1. You are Michigander and Barack doesn’t want to count your vote (either from the primary, where his campaign did ask people to vote uncommitted after he couldn’t get back on the ballot or as a re-vote) . When asked by a Michigander (before the re-vote issue was decided), “when can I vote for you?” He said, “in the general election.”

2. You are a proponent for universal healthcare – HIllary will get us closest to that goal, and possibly to that goal if everyone opts for the Medicaid-like option. Obama talked the talk in 2007 but has since changed his mind and experts in the field say that what he has done will block universal healthcare until the next president after him.

Thus, if you think everyone should have a voice in this primary and that universal health care is a good idea, you should endorse Hillary.


Sophia Yen MD MPH
Pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine specialist


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