Go get a Sick(o) steak

Washington, D.C.


If you haven’t seen Michael Moore’s newest documentary, “Sicko,” it’s worth checking out. I’ve seen most — if not all — of Moore’s films, and this one was, at least for me, the most compelling for two reasons.

First, unlike “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Roger & Me” and “Bowling for Columbine,” Moore largely stays out of this film, instead opting to let the stories speak for themselves. (Abridged version: HMO abuse and neglect is rampant in this country and you’re more apt to find better health care in places like France or Cuba.)

Perhaps more importantly, Moore keeps politics to a minimum level, which allows the more important message to resonate. True, the film opens with a fantastic Bushism: “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” But, Moore also takes Senator Clinton to task for accepting the second most political contributions from the same lobbyists she was fighting against during her push for universal health care.

While on the health note, a question: is red meat good for you? Those who think so might want to check out Ray’s the Steaks in Arlington next Sunday. It’s like Ruth’s Chris stripped to the bare bones. And, on Sundays, they’ve got a $25 meal — appetizer, entrée and sides and desert — with $10 going to charity.

Can’t beat it.

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