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Dean: Government Manages Health Care Better than Private Sector

Howard Dean, former presidential candidate, former head of the Democratic Natonal Committee, and current contributor to business news cable channel CNBC, recently squared off with former Congressman and House Majority Leader Dick Armey over Obama’s first 100 days. The debate took place on the morning show Squawk Box, and Dean may have provided an interesting glimpse into the progressive mindset of policymaking in the Obama White House.

While not speaking for Obama or his advisors, Dean declared it’s “very clear that the private sector doesn’t run health care as well as the public sector.” The debate aired April 28, 2009 at 7:37 am and can be found here. Dean’s comments come about 7 minutes into the 12 minute discussion.

While Reason Foundation blogs consistently on whether government is a better manager of the economy, we don’t often comment on health care directly. Analyses that take issue with Dean’s rosy view of government management of health care can be found at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and the Cato Institute.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.