Filmmaker, Michael Moore, whose latest project is a film, “Sicko,” extolling the Cuban health care system, has called on former Tennessee senator and current “Law and Order” star, Fred Thompson, to debate him on the U. S. Treasury’s investigation of Moore for his trip to Cuba. The Treasury department is alleging violations of an embargo act limiting travel to Cuba, claiming that Moore did not have permission to go to the communist nation. Moore had taken several 9-11 workers to Cuba for treatment of illnesses related to the World Trade Center cleanup.
Thompson, a potential Republican presidential candidate, accused Moore, on National Review Online, of simply repeating Fidel Castro’s “story of free, high quality Cuban health care.” Thompson called such reports a “myth.” Another source reported that Cuban medical care has never recovered from the communist takeover of Cuba under Castro’s leadership. Reports from Cuba say that many doctors fled almost immediately after Castro’s victory and that doctors still leave the country. Castro, it is maintained, keeps some “show” clinics for elite officials, and it was probably one of those that Moore saw on his trip. In the meantime, many Cubans, it is said, suffer from malnutrition and do not have access to routine medical facilities and treatment.
In a letter responding to Thompson and provided to CNN Tuesday, Moore challenges the Tennessee Republican to a healthcare debate and, citing reports that Thompson openly enjoys Cuban cigars and has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the health care industry, accuses him of hypocrisy. “While I will leave it up to the conservatives to debate your hypocrisy and the Treasury Department to determine whether the ‘box upon box of cigars’ violates the trade embargo, I hereby challenge you to a health care debate,” Moore wrote in a letter posted on the Drudge Report. In a video response to Moore, Thompson is seen sucking on an unlit cigar while he tells Moore that he doesn’t have the time to debate him. He suggests that Moore might want to think about a mental institution, an allusion to the fate of a filmmaker who did some work that Castro didn’t like.
Moore, in the past, has been accused of distorting facts in order to fulfill his own liberal agenda. His work includes “Bowling for Columbine,” a movie about the school shootings, and “Fahrenheit 9-11,” a movie about the attack on the World Trade Center.