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Howard Dean Liveblog: His Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform
Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 08:56:03 AM PDT
Head over to Daily Kos to read Howard Dean's liveblog from July 9, where he took questions from the online community and again pressed for real health care reform, including a government-run public option like Medicare that would control costs and keep the insurance companies honest.
Gov. Howard Dean has a new rallying cry: "You have the choice" when it comes to healthcare reform, or you will, if a healthcare reform plan goes through with a strong public option, and he lays it out in his new book, Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.
In fact, Governor Dean says:
The bottom line on healthcare reform is that it is not worth doing if it is not done right....
Subsidizing Americans to buy private health insurance without giving them the choice of a more rational and less expensive system is simply pouring money into a system that increases costs at twice the rate of inflation, serves preferentially those who don't need help, and offers not peace of mind to those at risk in difficult economic times.
In short, the healthcare reform bill is not worth passing unless the American people have the choice of signing up for a public option--a real public option.... If healthcare reform is not the desired outcome, this administration or the Democratic Party or the Congress as a whole should pass guaranteed issue and community rating and be done with it.
Dean points out that guaranteed issue (private insurers won't be able to drop subscribers if they become ill or reach a certain age) and community rating (companies won't be able to have excessive rates for people with significant illnesses or for the elderly) are key insurance reforms, but in and of themselves, aren't actual healthcare reform. That real reform only comes with choice.