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This is a “must see” documentary for our Kossack Community. Set your dvr to CNN at 8 pm this evening to record and view this most compelling and entertaining program. Escape Fire - The Fight to Save American Healthcare  

Here's the trailer on YouTube:

Follow beyond the orange biscuit for more info...

I had the good fortune of meeting the director, Matthew Heineman, at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. last April and participated in a Q & A after the showing. I was surprised and pleased to learn that it was the same Matthew Heineman that directed the HBO series, The Alzheimer’s Project (another one of my most favorite documentary series).

The Escape Fire Documentary weaves storylines that are eye-opening and mind boggling as well as hopeful and inspirational. Just take my word for it, ok? The doc won the “Humanitarian Award” at the Full Frame Film Festival and has garnered many other awards since.

Escape Fire has been  available on iTunes and very recently on Netflix. But the big news is that CNN Films announced a week ago that it had purchased the U.S. tv rights to air the film.

“CNN Films is very pleased to bring this documentary to television. The physical health of our nation and the cost of healthcare, impact every current fiscal challenge we face. This compelling film gives us an explanation of some of the factors that have contributed to our broken system and explains why we urgently need to fix it,” said network Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in a statement Friday.
So tonight’s the night. The two hour documentary will be followed by a half hour program discussion led by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and a re-airing at 11 pm. An encore presentation will be presented on March 16th.

Please note in the comments section if you will watch/record tonight’s program and if we should have a discussion during/after the showing. And please spread the news!

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. - Albert Einstein

    by TriangleNC on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 07:42:16 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the heads up (4+ / 0-)
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    TriangleNC, Azazello, davehouck, ladybug53

    I work in pharma research so that statement about disease management vs health care really grabbed me.  The incentives - the $$$s - are so twisted it'll take a true revolution to untangle the mess & power structures propping them up.  Years ago DTC, or Direct To Consumer marketing of drugs became acceptable (after god knows how much lobbying money was spent in Congress); a huge step in the wrong direction.  Now it's hospitals advertising on highway billboards & tv.   When we go from being a patient in need of care to consumers it's an unambiguous statement of what's really going on.   Health has taken a back seat to revenue and buyer beware.

    Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

    by FindingMyVoice on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 08:11:24 AM PDT

  •  We don't have cable, (3+ / 0-)
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    TriangleNC, FindingMyVoice, davehouck

         so we'll have to wait for DVD. It's on my list for sure.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:06:03 AM PDT

  •  Netflix just beginning to distribute the dvd. (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's a link to the description and reviews.

    Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. - Albert Einstein

    by TriangleNC on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 10:16:49 AM PDT

  •  Tipped and rec'd; the pilot looks great ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... and I am very glad that CNN is broadcasting this; I hope a lot of people will be watching.  I don't have tv, so I won't be able to watch tonight, though I'd love to see this.  But then, I'm the choir; it's my hope that CNN's regular audience will be watching, and learning.

    Thanks for letting us know about this!

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 01:43:12 PM PDT

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