Howard Dean Says Health Care Reform Bill Should Be Scrapped

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean addresses fellow Democrats at the Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner at the Indianapolis Convention Center May 4, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana and North Carolina voters go to the polls on Tuesday May 6. (Getty Images)more pics »Barack Obama recently said that the Senate was very near to passing the health care reform bill that's in there now, but one Democrat has come forth to voice opposition to the legislation: Howard Dean. The former Vermont governor and contender for the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination said the Senate should drop the bill completely and start anew.

Dean isn't a fan of the Senate's health reform bill (Getty)
According to CBS, he said, "This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill."

Dean favors a public health care option and an expanded plan for Medicare, so it's his opinion that a bill that doesn't include those reforms isn't worthwhile. While Obama argued that the bill will expand coverage and control costs, Dean said, "There's not much cost control in this bill."

The debate in the Senate has come to a halt after Sen. Joe Lieberman disagreed with the Democrats' plan to extend Medicare to the middle-aged.

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