CBS’s Rodriguez Challenges Howard Dean On Medicare Expansion

By Kyle Drennen
December 9, 2009

While interviewing former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Wedneday’s CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez questioned his support for a plan by Senate Democrats to expand Medicare coverage: “…the criticism is that Medicare as it stands doesn’t work because the payments don’t cover the plan. Are we just not creating a bigger problem if we have to insure more people under Medicare?

Dean praised the idea as a good alternative to the public option: “Medicare is a very, very effective program. It’s a government-run single payer program. Everybody over 65 is in it and it works very well….This isn’t perfect and the coverage is not broad enough, in my view, but I do think this is a positive step forward.”

The article and interview transcript is here.

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