As the healthcare reform bills move through Congress, many progressives are starting to wonder if the bills are worthy of support. Former DNC Chair, Dr. Howard Dean, was a recent guest host on the Rachel Maddow Show and addressed this very question. An excerpt:
In order to have insurance reform, you need two things. The first is making sure insurance companies canâ€˜t turn you down for any medical reason. Thatâ€˜s called guaranteed issueâ€”and thatâ€˜s in the bill. But thatâ€˜s only effective if you make sure that the coverage is affordable. And thatâ€˜s not in the bill.
As the bill is written now, the insurance companies will still be allowed to gouge their customers if they have illnesses, to charge you two or three times what your neighbor gets charged.
A lot of the insurance reform in this bill is gone. The only real reform thatâ€˜s left is the public option. If thatâ€˜s compromised away, this bill is no longer health care reform. Itâ€˜s just a huge gift to the health insurance industry from the same people who bailed AIG out, the American taxpayers.
Howard Dean discusses the bill with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt):
Dr. Dean interviews Rep. Anthony Weiner to get a perspective from the House. That video after the bump. (more…)