Obamacare & The Best Documentaries on Healthcare in America

7 Nov

One of the highlights of President Obama’s victory speech last night was the testimony of how Obamacare helped a young girl dying of leukemia. The healthcare reform bill is a reminder of how unhealthy we are in this country. The first ladies campaign to end child hood obesity to Obamacare gave LIH the idea to select a few documentaries on healthcare (in America) so as we begin to move forward we can also begin to heal. So let’s get moving!

What is Obamacare?

Sicko: Michael Moore- This documentary really was the first to open American’s eyes to the healthcare system in this country by comparing our system to others. Below is a look at the UK’s healthcare system.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead: This is inspiring and step by step look at fasting. It’s humorous, sad and informative.

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1) An Epidemic for Every Body: This is a historical look at obesity in America and apart of a two part series.

Poverty and Obesity: This is one of the most informative and startling truths on poverty and obesity. This is a must see and below is a extended version to give you more insight.

LIH selected only a few documentaries. However, if you have a documentary on healthcare you would like recommend please let us know. Also, let us know your thoughts on the documentaries above.

29 Responses to “Obamacare & The Best Documentaries on Healthcare in America”

  1. Open Book November 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM #

    • Comic Relief November 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM #


      Since the topic is out there….

      …there are many who claim (possibly for a second time) that the economy was ruined by Bush and by these terms Obama actually won based on the economy.


      Would you tell us what do you think?

      • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM #

        Well, given the outcome of the election last night. People are aware that poverty and poor health go hand in hand. So in order to get control over the economy is to work on extending peoples lives and therefore u help the economy.

        • Comic Relief November 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM #

          I like your answer but I think I was asking about the competition or contention with Bush. Remember he never actually ran against that POTUS.

          Still your answer might provide a handier objective or agenda for the pressent and future.

          • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM #

            Ohio really got a chance to see the economy improve after Bush. In your article it stated 1 in 8 people worked for the auto industry in Ohio. So Obama winning Ohio is a testimony that people feel he kept his promise and commitment to help the middle class. I hope that answers your Q.

            • Comic Relief November 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM #

              I appreciate your objectivity, but the influence of the Bush cabinet isn’t exactly over yet. Thanks for bringing up Ohio.

              • Open Book November 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM #

                Hmm! Yeah! Not good.

  2. littlebells November 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM #

    FS&ND is one of my favorite health documentaries that I have been able to view. I can’t wait to get caught up on these other videos!

    • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM #

      Thanks LB I really do hope u and others can see the other docs.

      However, what inspired me to research and write about this topic were two things. One was of course to discuss how Obamacare can help Americans and the health of our nation. But the second reason believe it or not was Robert Pattinson. Given he’s been all over the place promoting Breaking Dawn 2 lately. I was quite impressed by his healthy appearance and his battle to quit smoking. A very healthy image for young people to see. I also believe he mentioned juicing in another interview so I thought I would include my all time favorite doc. on the topic.

      • littlebells November 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM #

        my husband started juicing after this documentary! hahahaha!!! You can’t get me within 10 feet. I like to eat my salads. hahahaha!!! 🙂

        • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

          How did Mr. Bells like it?

          • littlebells November 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM #

            Oh he loves it! YUCK!

            • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM #

              Did he do the 10, 30 or 60 day fast?

              • littlebells November 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM #

                He did the 10 day and still makes a huge concoction to drink throughout the day. He’s never been fat, but this diet, with other good foods and exercise has really helped him out! He really notices a difference when he’s not drinking it.

                • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM #

                  That’s great! Did he stay home during the fast or did he go to work?

                  • littlebells November 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM #

                    Half and half. he works 4 on/4 off. Swears by it! And speaking of exercise, our kids our always outside playing and my one takes a little kid fitness class twice a week. It’s for 30 min. and she loves it!

                    • Comic Relief November 8, 2012 at 8:20 PM #


                      I think you are making me a convert or at least very curious.

  3. Comic Relief November 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM #


    I love this article. And the footage and documentary footage you chose were fantastic. Thanks a lot. You certainly inspired me to look further into these subjects.

  4. Comic Relief November 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM #


    I certainly don’t want to beat up Romney, he ran an impressive campaign. But I was wondering how or why he would oppose Obamacare when it sounded like the same program he supported in Massachusetts?

    Obviously, Obama won the election so repeal of Obamacare is unlikely. Can you speculate on the program’s future and whether Obama will continue to see resistance from the Republicans? Would you support further taxesto support the program?

    • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM #

      Great question CR- Here’s some info and speculation on Obamacare’s future. However, just to note the article was written two days ago before we knew who won.


      • Comic Relief November 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM #

        Because you are available and accessible, I asked your opinion because many speak from world views that I (or many) may not be comfortable with.

        When WSJ journalist Christopher DeMuth says “prospects for future medical progress” I interpret his notion to be concermed with the bottom line and corporate winfall profit agenda’s. This seems to be what Michael Moore is complaining about above when jokes that national health should ruin doctors in the EU (yet does not).

        Though I somewhat support his fears of how regulation might curtail consumer freedom in the long run he seems to not be concerned about health care monopololies nor discrimination from insurance companies. DeMuth really doesn’t care if Natoma Canfield is on her own or not, if you fall under a certain income bracket you probably are not his concern.

        • Comic Relief November 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM #

          In other words a wall street opinion is not everyones cup of tea.

          • Open Book November 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM #

            Well I don’t know what to anticipate for the future given the Republicans are 43% of the House. Seeing the docs. above really shows a obesity pandemic due to years of Bush. If the Republicans want to create gridlocks to keep America from moving forward than it really makes them look like they are serving themselves instead of the public IMO.

            • Comic Relief November 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

              Thanks for your honesty. I agree that we really do need to manage the excessses of either party. Since they are supposed to be OUR public servants.

              • Open Book November 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM #

                No problem!

  5. Comic Relief November 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM #

    Since we’re on the topic of obesity there seems to be a lot of confusion about what people think is a definition of being over weight in the entertainment industry.

    How would you address this issue? There are a lot of professionals who have made their fortunes precisely because they are obese.

    I wanted to show pictures but I am afraid they might negatively distract from the topic at hand.

    • Open Book November 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM #

      Because we live in a capitalist society. It is ridiculous to take everything for face value. If u don’t do any critical thinking, investigating on your own, expect to be taken for a ride.

  6. Comic Relief November 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM #


    Do you have any ideas how to underline the relationship between poverty, hunger and obesity, when most believe that over eating alone causes weight problems.

    I know this might seem to be restating the last video, but I think that video really does a lot to recalibrate our beliefs and expectations.

    • Open Book November 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM #

      Hmm! I don’t have any ideas other than what was specified in those docs. above. They are very informative.

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