Sicko premiered to standing ovations at the Cannes Film Festival—and Michael says the cheers came from both sides of the political fence. "[Two Americans] came up and they said, 'We're Republicans,' and they held out their hand to shake my hand. And one of them started tearing up and said, 'I just wanted to thank you for making this film,'" Michael says. "And I have to say, at that moment, I just felt like this is the America I want to live in, where we can have our political differences, but on issues like this, we have to come together."
While Michael says political action is necessary to fix the problems in the health insurance industry, he does not want the issue itself to be seen as political. "It's not a partisan issue. It's not Democrat or Republican," Michael says. "When you get sick, you get sick. The illness doesn't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican."