Sicko is a film created, produced, directed and starred by Michael Moore. It investigates the medical care in U.S, and discusses a health scheme that is fraudulent and care less for its patients.
Moore uses transitions to create continuity and fluency in the film. He uses transitions to develop the plot of his film. An instance where Moore has used transition is where he addresses a group of people stressing that they take care of one another, irrespective of their individual differences. He demonstrates this matter by deciding to assist one of his chief critics, the webmaster of MooreWatch.com. He sends Mr. Kenefick the money required to cover the medical expense of his sick wife. Kenefick earlier feared he might be forced to close the website in order to get the U.S $ 12000 he needed.
He uses humor to challenge the government to provide better medical care to its citizens. An instance of humor is seen when the movie ends, he walks towards the capital with a basket filled with his clothes. He sarcastically says he will make the government do his laundry until one day, the sick and the disillusioned receive better health care.
Evaluative evidence is proof obtained by examining an idea and later judging it. Moore has used this evidence in the film to validate his argument. In the film, he does this when he interviews ex-employees of insurance firms. The former employee describes cost-saving ideas employed by insurance companies to give bonuses to the firm’s management. By doing so, they evades compensating policy holders hence maximizing company profitability.
Causal evidence is proof obtained by assessing the cause of something hence relating it to the happenings. In the film, he uses the recorded conversations between President Richard Nixon and John Ehrlichman to show what led to the expansion of Health Maintenance Organization-based medical care program. In the tape, Ehrlichman tells President Nixon that the less medical care they give to the citizens, the more money they will earn. Nixon supports the plan. It led to the expansion of the health care program.
Ethos is an argument that depends on the trustworthiness of credentials of the speaker. Moore is known to advocate for better and affordable medical care for all people of different social and economic status. In the film, he accompanies the rescue workers who helped after the September 11 attacks to GuantanamoBay camp. At the entrance camp, he uses a megaphone to ask for access; pleading for the victims to get the same treatment the prisoners are offered. His credentials help as the rescue workers are hospitalized and given treatment. Before they leave, the volunteers are honored by a local fire station.
Pathos is an argument that arouses pity or sadness in the viewer or reader. Pathos is used in this film. An instance of pathos in the film is when Moore decides to offer an olive branch to his fiercest critic by sending him money for his wife’s treatment. This shows the viewers how committed Moore is towards seeing better medical care provided to the sick.
Logos is an argument relying on the intellectual capacity of the viewer. Moore uses pathos in the film to allow the viewers judge. An instance where pathos is applied is where he interviews the head of gynecology and obstetrics when he visits a hospital in France. It is up to the viewers to judge if the response of the hospital staff is valid.
Moore uses a number of evidence to support his work. He mostly interviews stakeholders to prove his viewpoints. For instance, he interviews former staff of insurance firms who reveal how firms employ cost-saving initiatives, which give bonuses to the owners. They also reveal how these firms employ these tricks to evade compensating their policy holders hence maximizing profits for the company. Moore travels to different places to get first hand information from the oppressed. He goes to the United Kingdom and cross-examines patients and questions them on in-hospital charges incurred by patients and finds out that they make no payments.