Health Reform a Blow to Film Hospital bills have driven many Hollywood screenplays By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Mar 24, 2010 6:30 PM CDT 20 comments Comments A promotional poster for Michael Moore's 'Sicko'. (Newser) – No one doubts that American life will change when health-care reform takes effect. But few have considered how the changes will affect popular culture—specifically movies. Health care has been a catch-all motivator for screenwriters, allowing for the injection of life-or-death struggle into otherwise comfortable American middle-class existence. John Lopez asks you to consider how the following films would turn out under socialized medicine: As Good As It Gets. Jack Nicholson's character would never have had to get involved with Helen Hunt's waitress if her medical bills were under control. Mo'Nique might not have landed Precious if there'd been no reason for her character in Domino to pull a big heist: Her granddaughter's treatment would've been covered by Uncle Sam. Michael Moore's Sicko, instead of a heart-wrenching document of insurance company practices, "would have simply been a well-reasoned lecture about the benefits of regular exercise," Lopez writes for Vanity Fair.