Dicking Health Care

Michael Moore's new film, Sicko, has refocused attention on America's health-care system, an enormous mess most officials lack the political will to tackle. But a former executive is eager to offer his diagnosis: ex-Colorado governor Dick Lamm, whose new book, Condition Critical: A New Moral Vision for Health Care (co-written with Robert H. Blank), counters stark reality with an austere treatment plan. Specifically, Lamm argues in favor of universal coverage — yet individuals who insist upon practicing what he sees as high-risk behavior may lose unlimited care. Moreover, he endorses rationing certain procedures based upon lifestyle and age.

Many of these suggestions would constitute political suicide for elected representatives. Lamm, however, has never been shy about introducing controversial plans — and besides, he's not running for anything.

Lamm appears at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, to read from and sign his book. Admission is free; details are at 303-436-1070 or www.tatteredcover.com.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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