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What should I ask Howard Dean?

It appears that I may be part of a small group of bloggers who will get a few minutes with Howard Dean on Friday, after his noontime book signing at Powell's. If I get a chance to ask him a question (or two or three), what should it be? (No, not "How about a prescription for some pot for these allergies?")

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Why did he quit his profession?

"You know, Dr Dean, as much as 30% of our health care dollars are expended in the last 5 years of life. How we can we address this issue in the context of current proposals for changes to the overall system?"

Can healthcare reform in its current form provide universal (or near-universal) coverage and also get healthcare costs under control?

Given your birth with a golden spoon in your mouth, how did you fare in the last year economically? Were you hurt by Bernie madoff's world's largest Ponzi scheme? Were you benefited by TARP bailouts or by bottom feeding paying pennies for distressed securities which have since risen in value?

Same questions need to be addresed to Ted Kennedy, who was a notorious speculator in crude oil futures two years ago.

Gotta love the half billionaire Democrats.

Your party controls the White House, has a 38+ seat margin in the House, and has the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome any filibuster. How can Republicans be holding up health care reform?

Note: Madoff didn't operate the world's largest Ponzi scheme - that would be Congress, who has oversight over the Social Security Administration.

Medicare baseline for all Americans. How do we get it?

For every dollar Canada spends on health care, the US spends two. By almost every measure Canada has better health care than the US and universal coverage. Why are we being told we cannot afford a Canadian style system?

1. What meg said
2. What dyspepti said
3. what Todd Hawes said
And tell Nonny Mouse to go back on his meds, if he can afford to.

Maybe you can find a question or two from this.

Can I hear that Scream one more time?

I was thinking along the same lines as RW...Better yet, would he be willing to reprise The Scream for a charity event.

Something very p.c., like terminating pregnancies for 15 year olds or better healthcare for inmates.

I second rw...don't call it a scream though..still don't know what I'd call it but it was awesome.

Ask him why Democrats don't work towards full and stable funding for SS and Medicare before and instead of saddling government and taxpayers with new deficit ballooning National Health care.

And cap and trade which will saor energy prices.

"Is this what you expected?"


On Single Payer, Himmelstein Says Howard Dean is a Liar

Dr. David Himmelstein says Dr. Howard Dean is lying about the Obama health care proposal.

Himmelstein is a founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dean is the former head of the Democratic National Committee and is making the television talk show rounds promoting Obama’s health care reform.

Himmelstein says that Dean is portraying Obamacare as something it isn’t.

It isn’t single payer – as Dean said it is.

And it doesn’t give Americans the option to opt into a single payer system – Medicare – as Dean said it does – most recently last week on Democracy Now.

“He’s a liar,” Himmelstein told Single Payer Action yesterday.

Con't at http://www.singlepayeraction.org/blog/?p=1204

P.S.:
Himmelstein says that the Obama plan would mandate that people buy insurance from competing private plans – and one denuded public plan.

The private health insurance companies would cherry pick the young healthy patients, while the sick older patients would opt into the public plan – making the public plan unsustainable.

Himmelstein says the upcoming Congressional vote on the Obama health care reform has little significance because it does not represent fundamental reform.

"Note: Madoff didn't operate the world's largest Ponzi scheme - that would be Congress, who has oversight over the Social Security Administration."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_Trust_Fund

Acutally, before the trust fund, Congress was raiding excess Social Security monies for military spending another boondoogles that did not benefit individual contributors to the system but certain corporate entities like defense contractors. But I'd never expect a right winger to grasp facts or history (and for the record my label reads "all over the map" like any good advocate for Lucifer.

Ask him if I'll get the same care as Obama and his family? As Pelosi's. As in, there will be no difference.

Gong! Congratulations, Larry. You are the 1 millionth person to say that.

"Gong! Congratulations,Larry. You are the 1 millionth person to say that."

Then it must be a great question that has not been answered yet. I wonder why that is.

"Acutally, before the trust fund, Congress was raiding excess Social Security monies for military spending another boondoogles that did not benefit individual contributors to the system but certain corporate entities like defense contractors. But I'd never expect a right winger to grasp facts or history (and for the record my label reads "all over the map" like any good advocate for Lucifer."

Question: I am 30 years old, and currently paying $4,739.52 per year in Social Security. By the time I reach the full retirement age of 67 (in the year 2045) just how much of that investment do you think I'm going to get back?

You linked the wrong Wikipedia article. Here's the correct one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzi_scheme

Ask him what recourse U.S. Citizens will have in the E.R. while the very illigal aliens he wants to cover are getting treated while the folks that are paying for them are left out for 8 hours taking a number in the lobby? When one legal American is not worth the effort to treat over an illegal alien, we as Americans have lost.

Thanks, Richard/s. As you imply, I was going for a direct answer to a brief question. Would anyone else care to say Yes" or "No" to the inquiry? The old broken record effort often gets results.

Coda - I did ask an unfair question. We all know what the answer.

Maybe you can ask him why the allegedly socially liberal Democrats refuse to liberalize the immigration system.


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