Criticism From an Unlikely Source

ABC NEWS: “Howard Dean: Scrap the Bill and Start Over

“This is a bigger bailout for the insurance industry than AIG,” former Democratic National Committee chairman and medical doctor Howard Dean told “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos today. “A very small number of people are going to get any insurance at all, until 2014, if the bill works.

“This is an insurance company’s dream, this bill,” Dean continued. “This is the Washington scramble, and I think it’s ill-advised.”

Dean sent shockwaves when he said Tuesday in an interview with Vermont Public Radio that the removal of the Medicare buy-in means Democrats should just kill the health care bill and start over.

“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” Dean said. “Honestly, the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”

The former Democratic presidential candidate argues that in the rush to pass a health care bill, lawmakers have essentially stripped it of true reforms — mainly the choices it would give to people — and given too much to special interest groups and insurance companies, the chief executives of which, Dean says, would get 27 percent of the money Americans contribute.

“We’ve gotten to this stage … in Washington where passing any bill is a victory, and that’s the problem,” Dean said. “Decisions are being about the long-term future of this country for short-term political reasons, and that’s never a good sign.”

He said he also doesn’t see cost-control measures but, rather “a whole bunch of bureaucracies and a lot of promises.”

There are some good elements in the current health care bill, Dean said, but “at this point, the bill does more harm than good.”

This really is a big deal. Howard Dean is a doctor. He’s the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. And, frankly, save for a screamingly funny meltdown on a midwestern stage, he very well could have been president of the United States. While his preferred end result with regard to health care reform may not be the same as you and I might like, many of the words which came out of Howard Dean’s mouth might as well have come out of mine.

Mostly, though, I just wanted an excuse to run the photo. Meow.



  1. HELLO KITTY says:

    Scrap the bill and start over?, NO, scrap this Congress and start over.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Clean House 2010
    435 NEW congressmen

  3. Anonymous says:

    That poor little conservative kitten.

  4. Gail B says:

    Yep–an unlikely source! I always thought that Dean was there to kiss A$$!

  5. Lilly says:

    Well you know he probably doesn't like BO anyway, so this is good. BO got rid of all of his people in the administration. The Dems are imploding before our eyes! Someone needs to alert PETA.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree. The whole thing needs to be shredded and buried in a landfill, if the disposers can find room for it. Better yet, burn it–but that would cause real global warming.

    Also AGREE, "Out with the bums 2010!"

  7. goddessdivine says:

    Thanks for posting that photo again; I needed that laugh.

    I had forgotten Dean was a doctor. A doctor of what? BS? He only wants to scrap the bill because it's not liberal enough. It blows my mind that someone could back something that will screw his own profession. Then again, he is from Vermont.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have noticed, in my family, and in the populace, the more college you have the more radical and dare I say less intelligent you really become. Common sense is scrubbed in the universities.

  9. Anonymous says:

    how did U get that cat in Dean's hands????? :-) …thats cruel!

    here's my take on Dean:
    Obama knew Dean wanted the position obama gave to Kerry.
    that was the first insult.

    dean then made it fully public he wanted the Healthcare position; obama gave it to Seibilus.

    i think Dean said to himself, two can play at this game. but to Dean's credit he didnt just huff and puff about something insignificant; like Ali, he laid low until the moment he could deliver a real knockout punch, and WHAM!!!
    (( woulda' like to be a fly on wall when obama got that telegram – i bet he blew his donought out of his mouth clear across the room! ))

  10. Anonymous says:

    "that poor little conservative kittn.."

    (that's dean's kitten; our conservative kittens wont go near that man)

  11. Anonymous says:

    This was sent to me,but I thought it ought to be shared,it fits in a couple of current threads.

    If it wasn't so serious it'd be funny.


  12. Dr. Ruth says:

    I thought Dean usually choked chickens.

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