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Aug 4, 2009 5:59 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Howard Dean comes to East Hampton to discuss health care

Aug 4, 2009 5:59 PM

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean will be at BookHampton in East Hampton this Friday evening to discuss his new book, “Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.”

Dr. Dean, a former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate who was born and raised in East Hampton, was asked to read by BookHampton co-owner Charline Spektor, who is involved in Democratic politics.

“He’s fascinating,” said Ms. Spektor, who said that she had met Dr. Dean during his campaign for president in 2004, but has not yet discussed Friday’s reading with him. “He has a great perspective on health care from the perspective both of being a doctor and being aware of what the country is looking for. He has a relatively balanced perspective.”

Dr. Dean’s book is published by Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction, Vermont, and was written with Faiz Shakir and Igor Volsky, who are researchers at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

“This is a huge opportunity” to discuss health care with a leader in national politics, said Ms. Spektor.

Publishers Weekly described Dr. Dean’s book as “a searing indictment of private insurers who put profits ahead of care.”

The book touts preventative care, care at home for seniors and allowing physicians, not insurers, to set health care fees. Dr. Dean is a proponent of the public option, without which he says a reform bill would be useless.

He also proposes funding health care reform through a carbon tax.

Though Dr. Dean reached the national stage on the basis of his staunch liberalism and belief in grassroots democracy, he was raised in a wealthy Republican family in East Hampton Village.

His father was a stock broker and his mother was an art appraiser, and the family had a membership in the Maidstone Club. They built a house on Hook Pond in the mid-1950s, where Dr. Dean often recalled to reporters his fond memories of riding bicycles, building train sets and living a generally idyllic childhood.

Dr. Dean’s discussion will begin at 8 p.m. at BookHampton at 41 Main Street in East Hampton.

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Well, the idyllic part ended early for some people out there, but I digress.

Preventive care sounds good to me, and affordable even better. Seems like a guy who grew up in a slice of idyllic American Pie.

Most of us are not that fortunate, but hey, he seems like a good guy, with good ideas.

If the "cash addicts" can allow it to be run affordably, it just might work.

Bring in some greed, and ridiculous salaries, it more than likely won't work.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 4, 09 10:25 PM
how can Dean possibly be an expert on this subject. he's never been around greed in his life...neither his father the wealthy maidstone stock broker, nor the doctors, nor ANY of the politicians and certainly no East Hampton summer residents are guilty of greed.
By thetruthhurts (21), southampton on Aug 5, 09 8:50 AM
Howard Dean is more than qualified to speak on the topic of health care.
Dean entered politics in 1982 when he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat. He was elected lieutenant governor of Vermont in 1986. Both were part-time positions that enabled him to continue practicing medicine.

In 1991, Dean became Governor of Vermont While governor, Dean also oversaw the expansion of Vermont’s “Dr. Dynasaur” program, which makes universal health care available for ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 5, 09 12:52 PM
The guy is a kook! The orginal goal of helath care reform was to improve care, reduce costs and reduce the number of uninsured's. I think most educated americans agree that these are all noble goals and are in favor of accomplishing them However an independent bi partisan study by the Congressional Budget office shows that all propsed plans so far with a public option will reduce the quality of care and greatly increase the cost of care. They need to go back to the drawing board and get this right. ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Aug 6, 09 9:57 AM
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By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 7, 09 8:08 AM