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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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  • 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 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

    Recommended.

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

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