A disaster film is a film genre that has an impending or ongoing disaster as its subject and primary plot device. Such disasters include natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or asteroid collisions, accidents such as shipwrecks or airplane crashes, or calamities like worldwide disease... MORE
A disaster film is a film genre that has an impending or ongoing disaster as its subject and primary plot device. Such disasters include natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or asteroid collisions, accidents such as shipwrecks or airplane crashes, or calamities like worldwide disease pandemics. The films usually feature some degree of build-up, the disaster itself and sometimes the aftermath, usually from the point of view of specific individual characters or their families. These films often feature large casts of actors and multiple plotlines, focusing on the characters' attempts to avert, escape or cope with the disaster and its aftermath. The genre came to particular prominence during the 1970s with the release of high-profile films such as Airport, followed in quick succession by The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. The casts were generally made up of familiar character actors. Once the disaster begins in the film, the characters are usually confronted with human weaknesses, often falling in love and nearly almost always finding a villain to blame. LESS
Can Obama Learn from Tennessee's Healthcare 'Disaster'? Heritage Foundation - Heritage Foundation There is little disagreement the current healthcare system needs an overhaul. The U.S. spends over $2.4 trillion dollars annually on healthcare and costs have doubled since 2000 for employer-based family coverage. Options are shrinking.Most agree reform is needed but the debate lies with two competing ideals for the future of healthcare. One is where Washington controls financing and delivery and is seen as the solution, not the problem; while the other contends individuals and families are the best judge of how to spend health care dollars.In the middle lie employers and Congress. The Heritage Foundation hosts an event addressing the future of reform and how it will impact employee provided healthcare.
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