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Howard Dean Wants 250,000 Signatures For Public Option

Is that all?

We can do that and still have time for a beer break and a very long nap...

Sign the petition

Give America a choice. We support healthcare reform that allows individual Americans to choose either a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare or for-profit private insurance. A public option is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non- negotiable.

Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.

If you don't sign this sucker I am signing it in your name for you! lol jk

I may be a strong single payer advocate but I am no fool. There is a line in the sand that can not be crossed in this fight. If there is no public option - and not some junk insurance that is on par with most private policies, but a decent public option that covers everything a Doctor thinks should be covered - then it will not be health reform at all. Just more of the same.

AHIP offers you a pipe dream. It is not the first time:

AHIP announces that it MAY help the people that are, for all intents and purposes, uninsurable IF we give into all of their demands. Where have we heard that one before?

"But it’s unclear what exactly AHIP is conceding. For one, the industry made very similar "concessions" in December of 1992, promising to "provide the standard package regardless of a person’s medical history‘" and work with the government to "stabilize health-care prices" if everyone was required to purchase insurance. This latest proposal is, for the most part, just a regurgitation of past efforts — proposals the industry rejected once the administration proposed an actual plan.

And, this time, AHIP has nothing to lose. They’re asking the government to protect and even increase its monopoly over providing insurance to Americans under 65 and to strengthen safety net programs that would siphon off the poorest (read: sickest) Americans."

IOW: AHIP is offering to make more money in a healthcare monopoly. But no real solutions.

If I have to beg you to get you to sign this... I will. I shouldn't have to but I will and I will do it for your own good with a smile on my face.

[edited] title to match the phone request. Originally asked for 200,000 thousand signatures, as per video request. He asked for 250,000 on the phone. Doesn't that mean we need 300,000 signatures to be as successful as usual?