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Monday, February 5th 2007

Edwards Wants It All

Former Senator and Presidential hopeful John Edwards is being blunt,

“Yes, we’ll have to raise taxes. The only way you can pay for a health care plan that costs anywhere from $90 (billion) to $120 billion is there has to be a revenue source,” the former North Carolina senator said.

Edwards said his plan would aim to provide health care coverage for the 47 million people who currently lack it and reduce the cost of health care coverage for middle-class families, partly by making health care programs more efficient.

Edwards plan is a little bit of everything. He’d expand Medicaid to cover more low income families, provide tax subsidies, and put in action a vague “pay-or-play” deal.

He said he wants employers to play a bigger role, either by offering coverage or buying into “health markets” that would include a government plan.

At least it ain’t single payer.

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