Howard Dean is confident a health care bill with a public option will eventually land on President Obama’s desk, but says getting there won’t be easy.
“It will be an ugly process,” he told a group of 2,000 people attending the 2009 Netroots Nation convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Dean made several other points during the question-and-answer session:
* Cost control is a must, he said, because health care costs have risen at 2.5 times the rate of inflation for about the last 30 years.
* Despite the criticism heaped on the pharmaceutical industry for their advertisements and high prices, Dean noted that they take up a small percentage of the cost of health care, and deliver innovations critical to Americans.
* He said the U.S. must raise reimbursement for primary care and help young doctors deal with the debt they incur for their education. These steps, he said, would encourage more doctors to enter primary care.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Howard Dean tells Netroots health care bill will happen, but will be 'ugly process'
Louis Corsaro (Pittsburgh Business Times):