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Howard Dean Reveals Medicaid Is "Not Just For Poor People"

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Howard Dean says the only way you're ever going to control healthcare costs in this country is to get rid of the "perverse incentive that we [doctors] have to do as much as we possibly can."

Howard Dean, a doctor, says government health care beneficiaries should be given a "set amount and tell them 'this is what you get.'" Dean says government health care users should be told the benefits that are provided and "let them figure out how to do it."

"We use Medicaid not just for poor people. We use Medicaid for the basis of our universal health care for kids under 18. which we've had for 20 years in Vermont as a result of an expansion of Medicaid," Fmr. Gov. Dr. Howard Dean (D-VT) said on MSNBC. Dean ran for President in 2004 and served as DNC chair from 2005 to 2009.

"The problem with Medicaid is that it doesn't have that much of a constituency because not that many politicians care about poor people. The Republicans clearly don't care about them all. Obviously Orrin Hatch thinks they're the enemy."

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