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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

(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:

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  • 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.

(Read more health care stories.)

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