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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:29 AM
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Dean: GOP 'owes it to this country' to make healthcare stance clear
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Dean: GOP 'owes it to this country' to make healthcare stance clear
@ 11:12 am by Michael O'Brien


Republicans "owe it to this country" to make clear what aspects of healthcare reform they would support, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean argued Sunday.

Rebutting claims that President Obama needs to make known whether he would support a healthcare bill without his favored public (or "government-run) option for consumers, Dean insisted that it's Republicans not Obama who need to make a more concrete stance.

"I think the Republicans owe it to this country to give us a much clearer message about what they'll support, and what they won't support," Dean said during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Dean took a shot at Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a key Republican negotiator of bipartisan health compromise, for saying the Obama administration had sent "mixed signals" on health reform.

"We're getting pretty mixed signals from Sen. Grassley," Dean said. "I did not hear one time Sen. Grassley say what he would vote for. When he was in Iowa all last week, he basically letting people know that he didn't think he could vote for any bill that did not get the support of his Republican caucus and Republican leadership."

Dean, a physician who no longer practices, has emerged as a vocal proponent of the public option in recent weeks as the Democratic-backed component of health reform has been under attack by Republicans during the August congressional recess.

Dean condemned the idea of healthcare cooperatives, which have been proposed by some on the FInance Committee in lieu of the public option in order to win Republican and centrist Democrats' votes.

"That proposal is a political compromise, not a policy compromise," he said. "Nobody would know what it looks like."
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:35 AM
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1. He could give the same advice to the Democrats
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:37 AM
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2. I really wanted to watch that because
I do admire Gov. Dean. But I just couldn't sit through watching Sen. Grassley lie his head off one more time. And John McCain on Steph. Why in God's name do the networks keep inviting these Republicans on? They probably think they are being "nonpartisan." But we know better. I do wish next time Steph or Schieffer would say And now we are sending in the Clowns.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:43 AM
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3. Gov. Dean is on the right track..
""I think the Republicans owe it to this country to give us a much clearer message about what they'll support, and what they won't support," Dean said during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation."

The Democrats need to put the Repubs on the defensive by demanding what their plan is for portability, for cutting costs of health care, for competition, for universal coverage, for pre-existing conditions, and also, for tort reform. Where are their specifics on those issues? We have heard them talk about tort reform but where is the rest of their plan??
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:14 PM
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7. Dean is socking it to them ~ he should be the major spokesperson
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:47 AM
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4. The Obama White House
should be lunching with Howard Dean instead of Tom Dacshle and asking him for his advice.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:49 AM
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5. The GOP has no country. They exist only in their own minds.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:01 PM
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6. They have its "No".
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:52 PM
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8. I wish like hell he was still Chairman of DNC.
FU,RE.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:57 PM
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9. calling them out on their BS.... thanks Dean
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:19 PM
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10. Video is up with partial transcripts from CBS and Huff Post articles.
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