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ISBN: 9781603582285
Year Added to Catalog: 2009
Book Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 3/8
Number of Pages: 160
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Web Product ID: 487

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Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform

How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer

by Howard Dean, Faiz Shakir, Igor Volsky


Pardon My Politics, July 27th, 2009

"He puts forth five sound and achiev­able prin­ci­ples that “re­al health­care re­form must in­clude.” Ev­ery­body In, No­body Out; No more Health­care Bankrupt­cies: Take it to Go; Choose or Lose and Im­proved Care, Qual­i­ty and Ef­fi­cien­cy. He re­views Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s health­care ini­tia­tive; how to con­trol costs; de­vel­op­ing a rev­enue stream to pay for the ini­tia­tive; and “who’s been stand­ing in the way.”

Dean avows that change is pos­si­ble through the cit­i­zens, call­ing for change and ac­tion. He writes of how this af­fects peo­ple in dif­fer­ent walks of life and de­tails, “What you de­serve, and should fight for.” He staunch­ly rec­om­mends how cit­i­zens can and should take ac­tion; ed­u­cate them­selves; con­tact their lo­cal and na­tion­al of­fi­cials; con­tact cor­po­ra­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions and keep the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing un­til change hap­pens.

The last sen­tence makes Dean’s po­si­tion clear, “Fights like this are won by or­di­nary peo­ple who de­cide that they care enough about some­thing to fight for it.” Pre­scrip­tion for Re­al Health­care Re­form should be re­quired read­ing for ev­ery Amer­i­can over the age of 18. This is the most com­pre­hen­sive and ac­ces­si­ble pre­sen­ta­tion of a sit­u­a­tion that deeply af­fects each one of us."

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People's Weekly World, July 27th, 2009

"...While the situation in Congress is still very fluid, and we don’t know what the final bills arising from it will be, we are able to know what the optimal reform, as envisioned by Obama, HCAN and so on, is. Dean’s book, published earlier this month, is the single best vehicle I’ve seen so far to get a good sense of what this health care reform means. He describes in prose that is, at once genial, straightforward and simple, the whole range issues. All of the questions above, and more, are answered in a clear fashion. The book is remarkable for taking a reform plan that has befuddled so many Americans, and making it seem incredibly simple...."

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Examiner, July 9th, 2009

"Dean clarifies, finally a politician that realizes what the people want to hear and how they want to hear it, the difference between healthcare reform and health insurance reform. “So, the real debate about healthcare reform is not a debate about how large a role government should play. The real issue is: Should we give Americans under the age of sixty-five the same choice we give Americans over sixty-five? Should we give all Americans a choice of opting out of the private health insurance system and benefiting from a public health insurance plan?”

He further states, brilliantly making his point absolutely current, “Americans ought to be able to decide for themselves: Is private health insurance really health insurance? Or is it simply an extension of thing that have been happening on Wall Street over the past five to ten years, in which private corporations find yet new and ingenious ways of taking money from ordinary citizens without giving them the services they’ve paid for?” Does the Madoff ponzi scheme ring a bell here? Money invested with absolutely no return on investment not to mention complete loss of all funds. Who hasn’t paid for insurance month after month and not received coverage when they needed it the most?

Dean details the profit vs. care issue and succinctly discusses the problems with private, for-profit insurances companies that “must meet two obligations that are often mutually exclusive.” These private behemoths are responsible for maximizing profits for their shareholders while shouldering the responsibility for good service to their customers. Is this even possible given the way private health insurance companies are structured coupled with the lobbyists who ensure that they have more or less free-reign with blatant disregard for the welfare of their enrollees."

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BuzzFlash, July 5th

"There are only two reasons for private healthcare insurance: to make a profit and to deny care. The former increases the costs of our healthcare system by as much as 33%, according to some estimates. The latter makes people sicker and leads to unnecessary deaths.

So why are there so many immensely profitable private healthcare insurance companies that dramatically increase the cost of care?

Because they have the money and the lobbyists.

Howard Dean is an M.D., a supporter of universal healthcare coverage, and someone the WH and Congerss should be listening to."

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Publishers Weekly, July Issue

"As a both a Democratic Party standard bearer and a former practicing physician, Gov. Dean (You Have the Power, Winning Back America) has placed himself at the forefront of grass-roots organizing for healthcare reform. In a searing indictment of private insurers who put profits ahead of care, Dean advocates a public-health insurance option, posing the question:

“Is private health insurance really health insurance? Or is it simply an extension of the things that have been happening on Wall Street?”

Charts illustrate the disadvantages faced by U.S. industry against competitors in other countries, and dovetail with his plan for “healthcare reform, not just insurance reform,” including more preventative medicine, home-care for seniors, standards set by medical professionals rather than insurers; ultimately, he concludes, the result would be lower costs and better medicine.

Dean is most controversial when he proposes to fund reforms with a carbon tax on gasoline, and only slightly less so when asserting that a “reform bill is not worth passing” without a public option. This lively, detailed read should help shape the debate on one of the year's most pressing issues."

Daily Kos: Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform, June 23, 2009

"Within those parameters, Dean makes an excellent and extremely readable case for why substantive, structural reform isn't just necessary, it's imperative for the nation's economic recovery in the short term, and for establishing an economic base to build a sustainable future. He talks about something that has rarely come up in this debate so focused on the 47 million Americans without insurance--the 25 million who have insurance but don't get regular medical care because they can only afford catastrophic care coverage. He talks about the cost to American businesses--small and large--in trying to keep up with the the cost of insuring themselves and their employees--costs that have risen 119 percent in the past decade.

He, along with co-authors Faiz Shakir from Center for American Progress and Igor Volsky from Think Progress's Wonk Room, provides the reader with all the information she needs to argue for a) the necessity for real reform, and b) the key elements for that reform. That includes a chapter on the myths (aka, the Frank Luntz talking points) the right-wing is using in the debate, and the facts that rebut every one of those myths. Here's the three authors talking about just that."

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Seven Days: Health Insurance RX June 16, 2009

"Howard Dean is a former six-term Vermont governor, presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He’s also the founder of Democracy for America, a grassroots activist organization. Through it all, he’s been Dr. Dean. A practicing physician before getting into politics, he brings credible knowledge of health care and the insurance industry — and, for that matter, politics — to his media appearances, his public talks and his new book, aptly titled Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform. Published by Vermont’s Chelsea Green, the 144-page paperback announces its mission in a wordy subtitle: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer. "

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Between the Lines: Times-Argus, June 7, 2009

"...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 to select a public plan.

Whoa, "socialized medicine"?

In fact, Dean says in the book, "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."

He also promises to explain what President Obama's health care plan is all about; how other countries handle health care; which special interests are blocking progress and why; and how health care reform will boost American businesses...."

Read the full review here.


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