Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean circulated an email Tuesday afternoon containing one of his favorite talking points for socialized medicine:
“The fight to guarantee healthcare for all depends on giving every American the freedom to choose between keeping their private insurance – if they have any – and a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare.”
Funny he should mention that. Lexington attorney Kent Masterson Brown is preparing now to be in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. on May 22 for a hearing in his case Hall, et al. v. Johnson, et al, in which the plaintiffs seek to force the federal government to let them opt out of Medicare.
Lead plaintiff Brian Hall stated in a court declaration:
“If I am forced to enroll or forced to remain enrolled in Medicare, Part A, I will be forced to accept healthcare services that are inferior to those I could obtain privately. I will be forced to limit my choice of providers and physicians to only those who participate in the Medicare program. I will further be forced to accept health care services that are now rationed, and will, in the future, be increasingly rationed because of budget constraints. I further believe that I will be forced to accept the undermining of my maximum privacy in my health care decisions and records.”