These are by far not the only documentaries (or even feature films) about the U.S. healthcare system, but they're the ones we know best and which you can watch for free or a minor cost on the Internet.
If you ever wondered about the difference be tween the U.S. healthcare system and the fully socialized medicine of the UK, watch this and hope that the time it would take to get your insurance info here isn't what kills you. There, no wasted time. Here, people who arrive at the ER already dead are "DOA" - dead on arrival. There, they are RIP - rest in peace. And "socialized medicine" is supposed to be BAD??? In the preview at the end of this BBC show, a glimpse of the danger of the NHS being taken over by private insurance is provided.
THE AMERICAN MERCY PLAYS
Multi-talented actor, playwright, and dedicated healthcare activist Michael Milligan has written and performs these one-man plays that tell the stories of two very different men and how the American healthcare system affects their lives. Michael is currently touring with both plays and will be at the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago from Sept. 7 - October 8.
Like many of us who work to push NIMA forward, Michael has medical issues himself and lacks the kind of insurance that would provide the care he may need. In his commitment to reaching an audience both inside and outside our usual "tent," he only charges "pay what you want" admission to his plays.
Though we highly recommend seeing the live performances, Michael has also generously made Mercy Killers available to watch on YouTube for free.
AT HOME ACTIVISM – Darcy Lindzon
Darcy is a Renaissance man -- an actor, producer, activist, and video game producer from New Brunswick, Canada. He’s appeared on TV (Haven, Trailer Park Boys, and Nikita, to name a few). His producing credits include the critically acclaimed Bathroom by Emily Taylor, and his “laugh out loud funny” one-man show, Kitchen. Darcy is also proud to have produced Lord of Chaos, “a cinematic visualization of the traumatic monster that lives within,” inspired by the experiences of soldiers returning from war.
DUH loves him for his GREAT collection of videos about Bernie and for his unique (and Canadian!) but very true take on healthcare. To see more of Darcy's videos, visit and subscribe to his YouTube channel.
THE HUMANIST REPORT - Mike Figueredo
Mike Figueredo is the founder and host of The Humanist Report which features his progressive commentary on a variety of issues, including, of course, single-payer healthcare. He is also a political scientist, currently working on his PhD. DUH applauds him for his goal of drawing his own genration -- millenials -- to politics by "dissecting political stories in a manner that will be concise and entertaining in order to capture the attention of non-political people too." You can watch or listen to The Humanist Report for free on YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud, or at the website.
In this dark days when we can so easily feel hopeless, there is one talented gay guy in front of a wall in his apartment that he's made into a green screen who can turn out a pink cat-eyed, incredibly sung (the man should really be onstage) parody of a Broadway tune with smart wit that will never fail to make you laugh. Randy Rainbow is a true American hero. This one is a classic - catch that high note at the end! You can see all 111 of Randy's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/Tday4U
We also have some videos of some of the discussions during our Drive tours. This is Sue, Laurie, and Bob Sissler speaking in Springfield, IL at the end of the East Coast Tour in 2013. The question Sue was asked was about how to counteract the attack by Republicans on the ACA.
Healthcare Justice March
To see videos of the speakers at the HJM, go to our YouTube channel, Here is Dr. Louis Klein, providing his report on dealing with insurance company denials.