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Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Health Care Reform

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Doc Dean lays out Prescription for National Reform

    Sometimes the patient doesn't like getting advice but they need to hear it. Other times people have a knee jerk reaction and resort to platitudes but Dr Dean, former Governor of Vermont lays out in a clear succinct manner the case for reform.

    You can agree or disagree with the solution but for me (an independent) this is the first time I have seen a coherent argument that it is the sheer size of this sector and the abject failure of free market conditions that requires the government to step in and level the playing field for consumers.

    He is also clear however that the public subsidy has to be self-sufficient to keep politics out of it (aka the drug doughnut in medicare) and reminds us that we already have the money to pay for this (since when people without insurance get sick and end up in the hospital we already do pay for their care). He identifies sources of savings (about 4 percent of every dollar that goes into Medicare is spent on administration. In the private sector, that number is between 12 percent and 50 percent.)

    He gives lots of examples of why our current system is financial unsustainable. Toyota and Ford moving factories to Canada because the health care costs are less for them there but his main contribution is straight forward analysis and some creative ideas (a gas tax to pay for health care) from a doctor with an understanding of politics to the conversation.

    I don't agree with everything he says, nor some of his politics but this is a review of the book not of the author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    What is really going on with America's healthcare system, and what Barack Obama's healthcare reform bill is all about.

    Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform tackles the American healthcare system from all angles. As a physician, Dean has seen first hand what happens to citizens when they need their health insurance the most. They are dropped as soon as they start costing money. Also, with Deans political career as a former governor for Vermont, he really has a really unique understanding and perhaps has one of the best understandings of healthcare in American politics. Now America has many problems and things have worsened since the recession has started. As of right now America is ranked last in many aspects of health. We spend the most money but have the worst quality. In our current recesion we are losing jobs. As the jobs lost number rises, so does the number of Americans who lose their health insurance. In this book, Dean explains what has been happening in our current system and how we can acheive affordable healthcare for every American. He lays out a very realistic and sensible approach for solving this problem. Now he has done his part, and Congress is doing theirs, but it comes down to the citizens. I didn't think I'd enjoy the book at first, but I most definitely did. I feel much better now that I have some background in healthcare reform, especially since it is one of the major political debates in America today. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing what they would have under Barack Obama's healthcare plan. I knew that America was in bad shape, but this book and its facts really opens the eyes.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Best explanation of health care reform yet.

    Regardless of what you think about health care reform efforts, you need to get this perspective. It may not change your mind, but it certainly did for me.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

    Howard Dean's book "Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform" is typical.

    Party line right down to the public option. Health care reform is necessary, I agree. But solving it with absurd things like "wellness programs" (which has been around for many years) and public options only creates bigger inept gov't programs.
    The fact of the matter is this: Find a solution to funding issue and everything else will fall into place. The problem with Dean's book, it is bias, not well thought out and unoriginal. It avoids the issue of who and how will pay for the plan, which in my opinion is a critical component of a successful health care plan. The fact of the matter is that we all have to pay for it. A special effort will be necessary to obtain the cooperation from the many entities that the issue touches. The income stream that will be necessary to pay for any kind of plan must be sustainable and reliable. Dean's book never even goes there.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Legislators: Please read before voting.

    Short, but to the point! I thought Dr.Dean did a good job of enumerating the problems and possible solutions to the healthcare reform situation. I especially liked the comparison of the various healthcare models in other countries. He gave facts and figures and was well researched.

    My only wish would be that every legislator would read this before they vote. We need a change. It would be nice if for once change took into account the people it is meant to serve, and not big business as usual.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009


    Honest leader who has dedicated his life to helping Americans receive health care.

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