Last updated on: 9/18/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Moore Biography

Title:
Documentary filmmaker
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Obamacare is awful.

I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics ‘expose’ the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth.

By 2017, we will be funneling over $100 billion annually to private insurance companies. You can be sure they’ll use some of that to try to privatize Medicare.

For many people, the ‘affordable’ part of the Affordable Care Act risks being a cruel joke. The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums. And their deductible will be $12,600. If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year.”

“The Obamacare We Deserve,” New York Times, Dec. 31, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Documentary filmmaker, films include: Roger & Me (1989), Bowling for Columbine (2002), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Sicko (2009), Where to Invade Next (2015), and Michael Moore in Trumpland (2016)
  • Author
  • Host, The Awful Truth, television documentary series, 1999-2000
  • Writer, Host, Director, TV Nation, television documentary series, 1994-1995
  • Former Editor, Mother Jones
  • Founder and writer, Flint Voice
  • Former radio host, Radio Free Flint radio show
  • Member, School Board, Flint City Council, 1972
Education:
  • Attended University of Michigan, did not graduate
  • Attended Davison High School (Davison, MI)
Other:
  • Twitter: @MMFlint
  • Was born in Flint, Michigan, on Apr. 23, 1954
  • His debut film Roger & Me (1989) became the highest-grossing American documentary of all-time
  • Recipient, Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary Feature for Bowling for Columbine, 2003
  • Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2005
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?