Dean: It’s Either a Public Option or Nothing
Wendy Norris of TWI’s sister site, The Colorado Independent, caught up with former Vermont governor, presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean at a health care reform event in Denver on Wednesday. During an interview before his speech, Dean had this to say about a so-called mandatory “public option” — a government-run health plan to compete with private insurance options.
My attitude toward this is let’s get something. Let’s get the ball rolling. Let’s not have an argument between two poles. Let’s pick a middle course. Of course, the right wing and the insurance companies are already attacking the middle course. If there’s no public option we shouldn’t do anything. The last thing you want to do is pour a trillion dollars into something we already know doesn’t work right.
Also of note, Dean, a physician and a longtime advocate of a single-payer system, appears to have abandoned that approach due to political realities — much to the dismay of the left-leaning Colorado audience.
You can read Wendy’s write-up here.