08 Jul

Washington Is More Resistant To Change Than Anything “Except A Few Religious Cults”

PerHoward Dean

The Huffington Post, Rachel Weiner


In an interview with Esquire magazine, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (author of a new book, “Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Health Care Reform,” explained why there was so much resistance to a public health care option.

ESQ: Speaking of the Obama plan, you’re even stronger than he has been lately in support of the public plan. You say that without it, it’s not reform.

HD: It’s not. It’s a waste of time. Don’t pretend you’re going to do health-insurance reform unless you’re really going to change the system. The discussions in the Senate have not been about changing the system.

ESQ: They seem to be worried about preserving the status quo.

HD: Washington is the most conservative town in America. Its culture is the most resistant to change except a few religious cults.

Yesterday, Dean responded to reports that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was pushing for a public option that would be triggered by future conditions. “I think that a public plan with triggers is not a real public plan and it is going to be a trillion dollar failure,” Dean said. “Anyone who thinks a trigger is going to lead us to a good place five years from now is wrong… It is not a sensible policy compromise.”


Note. This from an employer

As an employer we have been hit with double digit increases in health care costs every year as far back as I can remember. A worker making $15.00 per hour or 30K per year would, between the employer and employee, cost over $12,000 per year for insurance to cover his or her family. This is 40% for just health care. When you add the cost of pensions, unemployment insurance, fica and workers compensation this cost is over 50% of payroll.

I do not know why so many of my fellow business owners do not understand this simple math. I would love a public option that my employees could elect. In a global economy it is hard to compete against businesses in countries that do not force the employer to absorb 100 percent of the cost of health care.

Under the current system we have slowly been forced to outsource several positions overseas where we are not burdened by the exorbitant costs of health care. If we want to retain jobs in this country and regain a competitive position in the global market we must look at single payer and public options as part of any health care reform package.


We must vote out all conservative Democrats and vote in true liberals. The problem is that corporate money and the money of the rich determines who gets elected at the congressional level.  We  have to get money out of politics.

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