This country is probably closer than it’s ever been to substantial health care reform. We’re heading into the final lap as legislation continues to be refined (made better in some ways, made worse in other ways)—and of course at this stage the fate of the public option is still uncertain. Affordable health care hangs like a tantalizing fruit just out of reach for the 47 million Americans who are still uninsured.
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean and former Senate majority leader Bill Frist discuss the bills circulating in Congress and the steps needed to ensure real health care reform in this edition of NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
Republican Bill Frist, former Senate majority leader, is a heart surgeon, lung surgeon, and heir to the biggest hospital company in the world.
On Friday, Bill Frist said what not a single Republican now sitting in Congress has said — that he would vote for emerging health care reform.
Today we’ll ask him why.
Democrat and doctor Howard Dean is an internist and champion of the “public option” missing from the latest Senate bill. We’ll ask where his support goes now.
This hour, On Point: Bill Frist, Howard Dean, and the showdown ahead on health care reform.