WH knocks down Dean challenge to health bill

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 3:07 PM

The White House spokesman says President Barack Obama rejects a call by the former Democratic Party chairman to defeat the current Senate health care bill.

Former Democratic chairman Howard Dean, a physician who also was Vermont governor, said on national television Wednesday he believed legislation in the Senate would now benefit the insurance industry more than it helps Americans struggling to gain health coverage or pay for it.

Dean said the bill was an "insurance company's dream."

If that's the case, spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "I don't think the insurance companies have gotten the memo" and continue fighting so hard against the measure.