As I learn more about the specifics in the House and Senate bills, all I can do is ask the same question Representative Dennis Kucinich asked on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, "Is this the best we can do?" Clearly it's not. There are so many flaws in the two bills that have emerged from the House and the Senate, I'm not sure it's worth all the fighting that has gone on all year. The only ways it will be what Americans really need is if there are some significant amendments offered and approved on the floors of both houses before the bills are voted on and ultimately go to the House/Senate Conference committee.
The way the bills are now, only a small percentage of people that need help will get it and it will be a big bonus for the health insurance companies that fought so hard against reform in the first place. I say, let's not accept what is in the bills as they stand. Let's keep fighting to make the first health care reform bill in decades the best it can be for the Americans that are relying on us.
Howard Dean Speaks to Health Care Reform