Sicko promises US controversy

NEW YORK: The producers of Sicko, Michael Moore's new film dissecting the US healthcare system, have begun a comms offensive against the country's health and pharmaceutical industry.

The Weinstein Co (TWC) has brought in Chris Lehane, a former staffer in the Clinton White House and adviser on Al Gore’s 2000 presidential run.

The studio has also hired New York-based cons­ultant Ken Sunshine, and continues to work with Matthew Hilt­zik, president and CEO of Freud Communications.

Lehane said TWC would ‘take the fight’ to the health sector, calling it an ‘ind­ustry known to mislead to hold its grip on society’. TWC said it plans to release documents from whistleblowers to bring att­ention to drug and insurance companies’ conduct.

Last month, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America issued a statement suggesting the film would not be ‘balanced, thoughtful or well-researched’.

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