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Gov. Dean: 'Why Would You Put A Trillion Dollars Into Something That Hasn't Worked?'

Instead of empty promises where politicians tell us we'll have the same health coverage they have, I think it would be an even better idea to requir

Instead of empty promises where politicians tell us we'll have the same health coverage they have, I think it would be an even better idea to require that members of Congress buy the same coverage they want us to use via this "reform":

WASHINGTON - Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean says there can be no meaningful health care overhaul in America without a public option for individuals not now covered.

Dean, a medical doctor and former chairman of the Democratic Party, said in a nationally broadcast interview that the strong Republican opposition to the plan that President Barack Obama is pushing doesn't surprise him. Dean said, "We've had a government system for 50 years. The Republicans didn't like it then. It's called Medicare."

He also said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show that he can't imagine any health care overhaul without a government-funded option, asking "why would you put a trillion dollars into something that hasn't worked."

Dean maintained that "the only way you could really reform the health system and bring down the costs ... is give Americans a choice between a public and private system.

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