Obamacare, for all its virtues, as this urgent, if hectoring, new documentary from veteran filmmakers Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman demonstrates, was also largely written by the parties responsible for the most spendthrift, inefficient and poorly performing health care sector in the developed world: the health insurance companies. While they agreed to curb their worst abuses, like denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions, what they got in return was more valuable: a captive market and an acknowledgement that there is a place for making profits from the delivery of vital human services. This is not a neutral documentary: It aims to shake up an unhealthy America riven by poverty and avoidable ailments like obesity, heart disease and diabetes, with no front-line support to encourage healthful habits. Among the talking heads are renowned activist physicians Andrew Weil and Dean Ornish, who argue for an integrative approach that emphasizes healthy living and primary care.
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While insurance companies agreed to curb their worst abuses, what they got in return was more valuable.