Former Governor of Vermont, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and soon-to-be Chelsea Green author Howard Dean just launched a new website with DemocracyforAmerica.com that aims to bring the universal health care option to the forefront of the health care reform debate. At StandwithDrDean.com, you can add your name to the petition or contribute to Dr. Dean’s efforts.
Here’s the wording of the petition:
Give America a choice. We support healthcare reform that allows individual Americans to choose either a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare or for-profit private insurance. A public option is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non- negotiable.
Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.
Governor Dean’s book will be a guide to health care reform. That’s all I can say at the moment—that, and that we’re very excited to have Dr. Dean on board the Chelsea Green Publishing express train to Changeville (with stops at Hopetown, Progress Hills, and, um…Stratford).
Hi. I’m Governor Howard Dean—Doctor Howard Dean.
The state of healthcare in this country has been pretty troubled for the last 60 years, ever since Harry Truman promised that we would join with every other Democratic industrialized nation in the world and have a universal health care system for all our folks—and it hasn’t happened. And since that time over 15% of Americans don’t have any health insurance. But the increasing problem is those Americans that do have health insurance can’t rely on it. They’re denied coverage if they get sick. They can’t get coverage if they have a preexisting illness…. They can only choose from a private menu of private insurance companies that take between 30 and 50% of all the dollars you pay them and put them in things that have nothing to do with healthcare, such as shareholders’ equity, big CEO salaries, and administration. We can fix this system.
Barack Obama has a new idea. He talked about it during his campaign. It’s to allow you to keep whatever you have if you like it. But if you have no insurance, or you can’t get insurance, or your company that you work for is too small to be able to afford insurance, he has a plan where you can get help from the government to sign yourself up for exactly what your Congressman has.
Or you can choose a public option—like Medicare, which grandparents and parents have had for many many years, since 1964. In Medicare, only 4% of your healthcare dollars end up in administration. And none of it ends up in shareholders’ or big executives’ salaries.
That makes all the difference. By being able to choose a public option, you can have what so many people around the world have, which is a guaranteed health care plan that works for you. The public option makes all the difference, because there are enormous forces in Congress today—mostly the health insurance industry of America—that are fighting against this. They think they’re going to get put out of business if this goes in.
The truth is, Americans deserve a choice. You deserve the same choices that everybody else has in the industrialized world. You deserve a choice of having a public option. So StandwithDrDean.com. I’m proud to be here at the offices of DemocracyforAmerica.com, where we can make a difference, and you can make a difference.
We need you to sign up today. Sign up…on the petition online, go to the Web site, talk to your friends, get them to sign up. We aim to have 200,000 signatures sent to Congress in a few months. You need to be part of that. The power is in your hands. And with it, we’re going to change America.