Michael Moore‘s new doc "Sicko" hasn’t even premiered yet, and it’s already churning up some nicely-timed controversy. According to David Germain at the AP, the US Treasury Department is investigating Moore for a segment in the film in which the beloved blowhard takes ten sick 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba for health care, a concept that packs significantly more punch than driving across the border at Buffalo and trying to finagle free treatment from our neighbors to the north by adding "Eh?" to the end of your sentences and claiming to have lost every single form of ID. "Sicko" producer Meghan O’Hara steps up with the statement, which goes as you’d expect:
"Our health-care system is broken and, all too often, deadly," O’Hara said. "The efforts of the Bush administration to conduct a politically motivated investigation of Michael Moore and `Sicko’ will not stop us from making sure the American people see this film."
The Weinstein Company has set a June 29 release date for the film, as reported by Ian Mohr in Variety earlier this week. The date is being seen as a little soon for some, and possibly a move to economize on the inevitable media furor that will follow the premiere at Cannes.