(VIDEO) Howard Dean: Only Gov’t Should Choose Healthcare Options

DALLAS, December 3rd, 2013 – Former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean said the federal government should make healthcare decisions, not individuals or their employers. During his Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Dean explained his stance on the employers have no right to determine what healthcare they subsidize for employees.

“So, you know, this is one country,” Dean explained. “We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court. We’ll see what the court does, but I don’t think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to get. That’s now in the hands of the federal government, and that’s where it should be.”

“My view of that is we’re a single country, and I don’t think employers get to impose their religious beliefs on their employees or any other beliefs, for that matter. I mean, this idea that we can pick and choose what we’re going to do is a tough idea. I was deeply opposed to the Vietnam War and I thought it was immoral because we were being lied to by our own government. I still paid my taxes and the people who didn’t pay their taxes went to jail.”

Dean’s remarks were in reference to Catholic-owned Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act, which requires birth control to be subsidized by employers, even if this violates their religious views. The store’s owners argue the government cannot force them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.

Crowley asked the liberal democrat and former presidential candidate how he thought the court would rule. “I have no idea. They haven’t been entirely favorable to women’s ability to control their own reproductive lives. So I — I don’t have any idea,” Dean said.

To counter Dean’s extreme view, former Senator Rick Santorum, a devout Christian and moral authoritarian, was also interviewed. Curiously, he argued the government cannot enforce morality on business owners or citizens.

“I mean, the idea that the First Amendment stops after you walk out of a church, that it doesn’t have anything to do with how you live the rest of your life, I don’t know very many people of faith who believes that their religion ends with just worship. It ends in how you practice and live that faith,” Santorum said.

“And now…what President Obama’s saying, no, once you step outside that church door, then I get to impose my values on you. Your religious values don’t matter anymore, it’s my values that I can impose on you. I don’t think that’s what the First Amendment stands for and I don’t think that’s what the court will say.”

Santorum’s position is quite the reversal from his campaign days. The former presidential candidate is no friend of the First Amendment or individual liberty. He once argued for banning pornography, stated that prenatal care encourages abortion and that contraception is a “license” to do things that “shouldn’t be done”. His presence to defend the case for individual choice was inappropriate and bizarre.

The debate over whether birth control should be provided without cost to employees is an important discussion, one that should not be controlled by two ideological dinosaurs, each of which support government control when it’s convenient to their purpose. As Dean would use Big Brother to enforce his “moral” views, so would Santorum. Why were either men center stage in this debate?

If you agree, contact Candy Crowley, ask her why she courts the opinions of extremists and encourage her to reach out to any number of libertarian organizations for a truly balanced perspective more likely to represent the views of most Americans.


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  • Ken Lowder
    December 4, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Why?  What gives you that right to decide my healthcare options?  When did I become your slave and you my master?  I’m a free man and I say go to hell!

  • Sondra Rene Eisenman
    December 4, 2013, 1:45 pm

    I think that employers should offer healthcare for their fulltime employees, I think that he government can free up money to help its Medicaid and care programs as well. I think they both need to butt out. I think it is up to the individual to decide what that covers as we all have individual health, I think they are both wrong, only the individual should discuss their health an that is between them and their choice of healthcare professional, alternative or not, and that and employers and the government both need to back off. Insurance companies need to quit milking this debate as well, if health insurance people truly had any soul or heart, they would care more about their clients. insurance companies for generations have been a direct reason why healthcare is so expensive as they are tying up our courts all the time with litigation and civil suits because they will not cover a person. To many people have died and now they get sued for millions$$$ for a failure to approve a medical procedures. Not a single person in this debate genuinely gives a shit about humanity, it all about the $$$.

  • Joe Clam@Ken Lowder
    December 4, 2013, 3:33 pm

    With you all the way Ken

  • Kevin Walsh@Sondra Rene Eisenman
    December 5, 2013, 10:26 pm

    Let me see if I get your point – You get to choose whatever kind of healthcare options your little heart desires, and I as your employer (or as a tax payer) must just shut up and pay for it?

    I have a counter-proposal for you. You’re a big girl – handle it yourself. Find your own policy. Get a job. Pay for it with your own money. Leave me and the rest of America out of it.