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Tuesday, May 13, 2003


Dean Health Care Plan for America

posted by Zephyr Teachout at Tuesday, May 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Here are some excerpts from Governor Dean's health care speech today. To read the full speech, go to our website.

From the moment I entered this race, guaranteeing affordable access to health care, and balancing the budget have been the touchstones of my campaign. From day one, I’ve outlined how I'd achieve universal health care – and challenged my opponents to do the same.

To me, health care isn’t simply a policy issue. It’s a moral imperative. Here, in the richest, most advanced country in the world in the 21st century, it’s simply wrong for a sick child to go without seeing a doctor because her parents can’t afford it.

Wrong for a woman to find out she has late stage breast cancer, because she couldn’t afford a mammogram.

Wrong for elderly people to be choosing between prescriptions and food.

We must remember that the important distinction in this election isn’t between the details of the Democratic plans. It’s the distinction between Democrats – who view this as a moral imperative – and President Bush, who for over two years has failed to address this issue.

Instead, he and the Republican party have pursued a misguided economic policy mortgaging our economic future for a set of tax cuts that provide, at best, minimal help to the average American working family.


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