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Dean Visits North Country

Plattsburgh, New York - June 16, 2005

Howard Dean is making the rounds through our region.

This morning he spoke to a group of north country nurses and doctors about healthcare.

Dean spoke at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital's annual health fair held at Plattsburgh State College. Dean stressed the importance of universal coverage for all Americans. He spoke against the way medicine is administered in today's corporate world.

"What we need is to re-establish the provider patient relationship so there is a bound of trust that is re-established. We would not be willing to spend 50 percent of our medicare dollars in the last 6 months of our life, but it happens to us in large part because of corporate medicine and technology, and we need to find a way to undo that," said Dean.

Dean did take questions from the press after the talk but refused to answer anything unrelated to healthcare.

He would not speak about the recent criticisms of Republicans he made as Democratic National chairman, or the reaction from Republicans, including Vice President Dick Cheney.

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