In his research, Michael learned that the alleged -alQaeda detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay receive better medical care than these local heroes. Michael got a boat and sailed to Cuba with some of the volunteers. When Michael and the volunteers were not able to land on the American soil at Gitmo, they went to Cuba. "We said, well, I'm in Cuba now with a bunch of sick people, what am I going to do? Let's see what kind of system they have here. It's free," Michael says. "And they got incredible care and help from the Cuban doctors that we took them to."
Now, Michael is being investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department for possible violations of the trade embargo restricting citizens from traveling to Cuba. However, the law states that journalists may travel to the country. "Well, this is a work of journalism and so it's not illegal, but they've come after me anyway for going down there," he says.
Michael says he doesn't think the government is necessarily upset that he went to Cuba. "It's about [the fact that] I am pointing out to millions of Americans something that's very wrong with our system, that we have 50 million who are not insured. We have 250 million who have insurance and need to worry about [whether] their insurance is going to pay the big bills someday," he says. "We need healthcare guaranteed for every American. Remove the profit from the system."