Produced by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, this documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point in history they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50 in both countries are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today,that have been prevalent in the U.S. since the early 1900’s to dissuade the American public from supporting national health care.
The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal heath care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.
Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy?
Featured Guest Speakers-Audience discussion following screening
Producers, Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg are a married couple of mixed cultural heritage. Laurie is Canadian, and Terry is American. From 1982 to 1992, Terry joined Laurie in Canada and during that time their two sons were born in a Calgary hospital. They moved to the Seattle area in 1992, and experienced the culture shock of switching from the worry-free health care system in Canada, to the complicated, expensive, and anxiety-provoking system in the United States. In making this documentary they learned that the story of the battle for national health care in both countries has been an adventure story, fraught with heroes and villains. And they learned how two neighboring countries ended up taking such drastically different paths.
Mark Brauner is a board certified emergency physician who works the night shift at McKenzie Willamette Hospital and part time at PeaceHealth. He volunteers at Occupy Medical and is the founder of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Lane County Oregon. Mark is also part of the Mad As Hell Doctors and is an advocate for a single payer health care system. Prior to becoming a physician, Mark was an entrepreneur and started a medical device company, a pharmaceutical formulation and clinical trial manufacturing company and several Internet related companies. Mark has lived with his spouse and two girls in Eugene for five years. Mark likes adventure, food and masonry.
Charlie Swanson is a physicist who is politically active primarily to fight for more equality of opportunity – especially the opportunity for all, even those without wealth, to have political influence, to get appropriate health care, and to live a comfortable life in a safe and thriving environment.