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Thu Jan 14, 2016, 10:50 AM

 

Howard Dean, Now Employed by Health-Care Lobby Firm, Opposes Bernie Sanders on Single-Payer

Dean is being controlled by the same big pharma and big insurance corporate entities and their lobbyists as Hillary is. . . and this is why both of these people are suddenly against single payer.

Howard Dean is the latest in a string of Hillary Clinton supporters to charge that Bernie Sanders is wrong to support a single payer health care plan. The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee claimed on MSNBC last night that Sanders’s reforms might result in “chaos” because “trying to implement it would in fact undo people’s health care.” Dean added: “That is something people should be concerned about.”

Dean, a longtime supporter of single-payer, seemed to be changing his tune, a point made by host Chris Hayes during the segment.

This evolution of Dean, known within many circles for his spirited critique of the Iraq War during the 2004 Democratic primary, comes as he has settled into a corporate lobbying career.

Dean, though he rarely discloses the title during his media appearances, now serves as Senior Advisor to the law firm Dentons, where he works with the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation practice, a euphemism for Dentons’ lobbying team. Dean is not a lawyer, but neither is Newt Gingrich, who is among the growing list of former government officials and politicians that work in the Public Policy and Regulation practice of Dentons.

The Dentons Public Policy and Regulation practice lobbies on behalf of a variety of corporate health care interests, including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a powerful trade group for drugmakers like Pfizer and Merck.



THE REST: https://theintercept.com/2016/01/14/howard-dean-lobbyist/


EDIT: If Clinton will kowtow to these forces as candidate, she'll do it as President - like Obama shamefully did - which is why single payer option was yanked from #ACA early on. Sanders will not be controlled by them. He is the only one who will not kiss their asses. They know that and that's why big pharma and big insurance have poured beaucoup money and propaganda tactics toward preventing Sanders from being the nominee. Clinton and Dean could well getting their talking points from pharma and insurance lobbyists and organizations - after all they KNOW how to prevent single-payer from becoming a thing in the US - they've been doing it for years.

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Reply Howard Dean, Now Employed by Health-Care Lobby Firm, Opposes Bernie Sanders on Single-Payer (Original post)
Triana Jan 2016 OP
NightWatcher Jan 2016 #1
Thenewire Jan 2016 #2
Triana Jan 2016 #3
ljm2002 Jan 2016 #5
Wilms Jan 2016 #4
CharlotteVale Jan 2016 #6
7wo7rees Jan 2016 #7
Angel Martin Jan 2016 #8

Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 10:57 AM

1. Ethics, why I've got them. What's that, a quick buck, fuck ethics, lemme dance for you.

I'm sick of sell outs. Corporate whores looking for the next (expletive deleted) to (expletive deleted) all for a quick buck (how many thousands does not matter).

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 11:06 AM

2. But it is true

The current health care in this country is incompatible with universal health care. The government would need to completely regulate and reconstruct every single aspect of the industry and probably even nationalize all the big insurance companies (going all the way to banning pharmaceuticals from advertising their products which I'm completely down for since this practice is already banned in most countries and drives prices up). I understand that this thought process ends up in the realm of fear mongering and personally I would be fine with this restructuring of the industry but it isn't an idea that is free of problems.

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Response to Thenewire (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 11:22 AM

3. Doesn't mean it cannot and should not be done.

 

Should have been done long ago.

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Response to Thenewire (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 11:49 AM

5. No one denies it would be disruptive...

...but if you really think about it, that's the whole idea: to disrupt and transform what is a creaky, ineffective, expensive and really quite perverse system into something that works for all of us.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 11:22 AM

4. Dean ran on Universal Health Care in 2004.

 

So Big Pharm bought Dean.

Glad that's cleared up.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 11:52 AM

6. Another bought and paid for Democrat.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 12:01 PM

7. His "pragmatism" remark now makes total sense.

What a disappointment you are, Mr Dean.

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