The opponents of healthcare reform are already lining up, swiftboating, backing off on their promises, and mounting a heavily-funded and totally dishonest campaign to kill any chance of a public option. They’ve got Rick Scott. They’ve got the insurance companies. They’ve got their Limbaughs and their Becks and their Hannitys.
But we’re not going to meekly back down and accept some watered-down legislation favoring the insurance giants and pharmaceutical companies. We’ve got a grassroots movement with massive support. We’ve got a Democratic majority (as long as they’re willing to show some backbone). And we’ve got Howard Dean, armed with his eponymous new book, Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer.
I can honestly say, without a moment’s hesitation, I am very excited about this book. Because:
- a. I like Howard Dean, and
- b. I want to see real healthcare reform
I can’t wait for this book to drop, and I can’t wait to read it.
From the press release:
Burlington, VT. (May 29, 2009) — Former Vermont Governor, physician and DNC Chairman Howard Dean brings his unique, no-nonsense perspective to the healthcare debate in a new book that explains both the obstacles to reform and what it will take to achieve real healthcare reform. HOWARD DEAN’S PRESCRIPTION FOR REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer (www.deanshealthcare.com) will be released as an e-book in all formats the week of June 8, 2009, then released as a printed paperback on July 1, 2009. It will also be released as an iPhone application available for download in the iTunes App Store. In addition to being able to navigate and search the entire book, this interactive book application will allow readers to quickly and easily take action and get involved in the fight for healthcare reform. The official publication date is July 20, 2009.
In a riveting call to action Dean takes on those who are once again mobilizing against real reform with many of the same hollow arguments and rhetorical charges about a socialist agenda. As Dean points out in his book, they should check the facts. “America has had ‘socialized’ medicine since 1964. It’s called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and they are very happy with the program. The rest of America deserves a similar option.”
Dean argues that for real reform to happen, Americans must have the choice to either keep their existing coverage if they are happy with it, or have the option to select a public plan; and that America must continue to make key investments as President Obama has begun to make in healthcare information technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.
Dean also looks at the devastating impact has had on the American economy adding to job losses as rising healthcare costs cause a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds, 14,000 people lose their health insurance every day. Rising healthcare costs are also one of the major reasons why small businesses close down and corporations ship jobs overseas.
This new paperback original (and e-book) outlines a practical, pragmatic approach as proposed by President Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign, and the arguments the opposition will use to prevent a system that includes the 48 million Americans who are forced to live without health insurance:
*Give every American the choice of public or private healthcare insurance
*Public health coverage for life, no matter where you live or work
*No forced moves if the consumer is happy with current coverage
*Small business assistance from the government for employee plans
*No American is disqualified for an existing health condition
*Similar premium costs for everyone, despite age or illness
*Fewer dollars spent on management and more on medicine
“This is the moment when real reform is finally possible. Governor Dean has been a passionate advocate for reform for a long time and, as a physician, has a unique perspective of what is needed and what will actually work. Anyone who wants to better understand the debate and how to fight back should read this book. Chelsea Green is honored to publish this important book that will no doubt influence the national debate about healthcare reform,” said Chelsea Green Publisher Margo Baldwin.
Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor and physician, currently works as an Independent consultant focusing on the areas of healthcare, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world. Dean was recently named Chairman of the Board of the Progressive Book Club, which works to empower progressives to develop, debate and promote progressive ideas through books and is also working with Democracy for America to mobilize the grassroots in support of healthcare reform.
And don’t forget to check out Dr. Dean’s new website, DeansHealthCare.com.