May 29th, 2009
02:22 PM ET
9 years ago

Dean to release book on health care reform

Howard Dean's new book will be available in paperback, as an e-book, and through an iPhone application.

Howard Dean's new book will be available in paperback, as an e-book, and through an iPhone application.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former DNC chairman Howard Dean is coming out with a new book that makes the case for Democrats' ambitious plans to reform the country's health care system.

"America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964,'" Dean writes in the book, according to a release issued Friday. "'It's called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and they are very happy with the program. The rest of America deserves a similar option.'"

The 2004 presidential candidate's book will be electronically published first, released as an e-book on June 5 and then as a paperback on July 1. The book will also be made available through an Apple iPhone application.

Dean, the former governor of Vermont, was a practicing physician before entering politics.

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  1. Henry Miller

    "'It's called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and they are very happy with the program. The rest of America deserves a similar option.'"

    Let's add a little truth to this, please.

    A few years ago when my 75-year-old father-in-law moved her, he tried to find a new primary-care doc–and none of them would take Medicare patients. The bureaucratic hassles were too much, claims processing was too slow and frequently the claims were lost, ignored, or screwed up, and so on. Finally he found a practice that would take Medicare.

    A few months later, he started feeling lousy and went to the doc. A PA more or less blew him off. This happened a couple more times over a week or two. Finally, my wife dragged him to a real hospital where they discovered he was in total kidney failure and another twenty-four hours of it would have killed him.

    Oh, yeah, the rest of America really deserves this kind of option–a bureaucratic mess that kills people with second-rate medicine.

    May 29, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Grrr-awful-o

    Great! I'll buy one for my uncle. He has insomnia.

    May 29, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Romney2012

    this guy's an idiot....anyone buying his book is an idiot for supporting an idiot...

    May 29, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Demo no mas

    Dean was an internist and should know better than to claim that everyone is happy with Medicare. Internists are primary care providers, and if they have more than 30% of their patients under the medicare program, they face bankruptcy. If all patients pay as poorly as Medicare and Medicaid, then everybody can go see a technician at Walmart.

    May 29, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Grrr-awful-o

    ...subtitled "The Screwball Papers"...

    May 29, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. SLM

    And he is an expert on this top.....why?

    May 29, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Pee Wee

    "America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964,'" Dean writes in the book, according to a release issued Friday. "'It's called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and they are very happy with the program. The rest of America deserves a similar option.'"

    Yes it has, and how's that balance sheet lookin' Howie?

    Of course, if we gave 83% of everyone's salary to the IRS, then maybe we could save all of Lyndon Johnson's visionary programs.

    May 29, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Dorothy

    I am looking forward to seeing what Howard Dean's ideas are on a healthcare plan. It would be a good idea if the democrats made a commission comprised of many different people. senators, doctors, business people and rolled up their sleeves and just did it......a plan that is fair for all our people and our doctors. Other countries in Europe take care of their people when it comes to healthcare. All we seem to do is spend billions of dollars rebuilding Iraq and giving to other countries. It is admirable but our people should come first and we are suffering. I was speaking to someone yesterday from Ireland and their people don't pay for healthcare and the elderly also have free housing. Somehow our priorities in this country have shifted from people to war and money. There has been too much saying we are going to tackle is time for action....careful action.

    May 29, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Chi Town

    I think he forgot the part about Medicare being bankrupt

    Now they want to do that nationwide... yea...

    If you like no new medicine, or new treatments, paying 20% of the cost, being limited on visits, long waits and waiting lists for anything specialized, no coverage for elderly (age limits on procedures), paying 10K per year per person for it, (don't forget the 20% sup insurance you will need anyway to cover your co-pay)... warehouse hospitals with 40 to a room and one janitor.... then hey... national healthcare is for you.

    If you have a job... it's no cheaper... just far less quality

    May 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Alex

    He should use the opportunity to ask why Obama and other Dems like Sen. Baucus are trying their hardest to keep advocates of a true single-payer health care system out of the reform discussion!

    May 29, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Bill in California

    YES MR. DEAN AND IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, the social security system which includes MEDICARE is on a runaway train, on a train track that is fast running out of rail. I just love Dimocrats, they can't think past their pointy little fingers.

    May 29, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Too bad Medicare is going bankrupt. Government run health care will never be efficient, therefore will never be affordable. As you look at the bloated ineffective mess that is our federal government, other than the military there isn't one part that's worth the money spent on it.

    May 29, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. @BigMisterC

    I really wish Obama had tapped Dean as Secretary of HHS. He would have been ideal, in my opinion.

    May 29, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Enough

    Yeah we want that mess of Medicare for everyone. Why do you think people have to carry supplemental coverage??

    May 29, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. J.P.

    Some say conservatives "have no plan" or "no ideas" to fix healthcare.
    To that I say poppycock, nonsense and bullocks.

    The solution is in two words: REAL competition.
    Meaning there no more insurance, medicare or medicaid. You pay for it yourself, and the providers would have to perform. It works in every other industry, why not healthcare? (well, it used to work until Obama threatened/promised to take over every industry)

    When the consumer of the product is the same person as the purchaser of the product, they will demand better quality and lower prices... or they will take their dollars elsewhere to another provider who will meet their expectations. Give the consumer the freedom.

    The fact that we have health insurance and Medicare are THE VERY REASONS why healthcare is so expensive... because the consumer of the product and the purchaser of the product are not the same person.

    Imagine how crappy and expensive your groceries would be if we had "grocery insurance."

    May 29, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. conniesz

    Medicare is actually very successful – and everyone I know who has it is happy. Many go to Kaiser or other HMOs because they like that kind of service. Others go to private practice clinics – my primary care provider will take any family members, even those on Medicare. The fear tactics of the wingnuts are not substantiated by reality. We will get universal healthcare – if you want to pay for private insurance, you will be able to continue doing that – but the rest of us want a different option.

    Oh yes – the very first thing that needs to happen is for employer provided health insurance to be declared as taxable income. That's what it is and it would do a lot to wake people up to the true cost of their own health care if they had to acknowledge its value by paying taxes on it.

    I get great employer insurance – but I was self employed for a very long time and I know what it really costs. I would have no problem paying my fair share by having my insurance benefit declared as income.

    May 29, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    Money, money, money...............writing a, money, money................write another, money, money..............con the public and write another's always about money with these people. Now if Mr. Dean donates profits from his book sales I might look at this in different light.

    May 29, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Claudia in Houson

    Democrats are taking care of the business they were elected by the people to do. Can't name one thing Republicans are doing other than saying NO while whinning, complaining and name calling.

    May 29, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. DaBird

    We can't pay Medicare, Pension Funds, bailouts, but Howard Dean is the expert on Healthcare. When the National Tax is enacted to pay for everyone, all purchases will go up 25%. Obama, Dean, have been lying to you. Everyone is paying much more in taxes.

    May 29, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. nelson

    Howard Dean is just a mouthpiece for Obama. I doubt he is concerned for the lowly American citizens's health...his health
    insurance is pretty good and that is all he cares about. waj

    May 29, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Ms Priss

    Please note that Dean does not point out that Medicare is bankrupt.

    May 29, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. The Broker.

    The: "Fat Book".....

    May 29, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. John

    People who say they are happy with their employer based plan should ask themselves, "What happens 30 days after I run out of vacation time?"

    I have some of the best health insurance available through my employer. But, if I can't work more than 30 days after my vacation runs out, then my employer does not pay anymore. I must go on COBRA.

    Fortunately, we have unlimited vacation acrual and I never took a day off for the first 4 years of working where I'm at.
    Now, I have over 900 hours of vacation, in case I get sick. But, most people don't have that luxury.
    As evidenced by the number of emails going through our employer based email system asking for a "Catestrophic Leave Request." – This is where other employees can donate time.

    May 29, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. The Broker.

    Ndio! Ndio! Ndio!!! Hapana...
    No! Just another dream of Obama.

    May 29, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Caption: "This is the finger I check prostates with"

    May 29, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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