Monday, August 17, 2009

Dr. Dean Encourages Pres. Obama to Stand By Public Option

Dr. Dean is a great leader and expert voice in the health care reform debate. Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund supports HR 3200, the House health care reform bill, because it most closely matches a quality framework for health care reform and provides the best mechanism to ensure competition among insurance providers to keep costs down. HR 3200 includes provisions to allow uninsured Americans to choose a government managed public health insurance plan if they wish.

"Dean urged the Obama administration to stand by statements made early on in the debate in which it steadfastly insisted that such a public option was indispensable to genuine change, saying that Medicare and the Veterans Administration are "two very good programs that have been around for a long time."

"On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Dean said he believes the public option might be added to the legislation during the Senate's budget reconciliation process between the two chambers, when it would need only 51 votes to pass, instead of the 60 usually required for contentious bills. "

"You can't really do health reform without it," he said. Dean maintained that the health insurance industry has "put enormous pressure on patients and doctors" in recent years.

"He called a direct government role "the entirety of health care reform. It isn't the entirety of insurance reform ... We shouldn't spend $60 billion a year subsidizing the insurance industry."

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