September 30th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

My first encounter with Michael Moore

Mishan Afsari

Last night was my first encounter with Michael Moore. The red carpet was rolled out, the cameras flashing – it was an affair most unusual for a documentary filmmaker.

His debut of “Capitalism: A Love Story” just got out, and Michael was in front of our CNN camera talking about health care reform. His job is never done. His penchant is for the gargantuan – auto companies, school violence, capitalism, health care.

I watched his passionate blows to Democrats who are not standing up for the kind of reform he believes Americans want. He said the health care system in the U.S. “should be what every other Western democracy has.”

And I wondered why he keeps on with his fight. He could be enjoying a nice life in France – universal coverage, the top ranking system in the world. I myself often dream of Paris and brie.

This fight just seems so daunting for anyone who wants more accessible and affordable heath care. Why does the U.S. have such a hard time with something so many countries have managed to figure out? Why are Americans so fearful of tackling health care problems? Is it possible it’s just not in our cards?

Maybe Michael Moore is the eternal optimist – he must believe that if he keeps up the fight, he can bring change. I’m convinced he’s in this for the long haul, but in this case I’m not convinced he can move the masses.

Health care form is not the sexiest of causes. It’s not global warming, AIDS, hunger – it doesn’t seem to attract the red carpet or the limelight. But a change so big might need more than the man in red hat who makes entertainment out of big social issues.

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