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Monday, March 26th 2007

More Evidence Healthcare Is The Domestic Issue

John Edward’s @ The SEIU Sponsored Forum

John Edwards had certainly provided the most detailed health care plan of any of the major Dem candidates for President. His wife’s metastatic breast cancer, unfortunately, puts him again at the forefront of health care issues. With those in place it is no wonder he appeared to take a lead at a Democratic forum on health care over the weekend.

At a Democratic presidential forum focused on health care, Edwards pressed his rivals to provide a detailed plan to cover the nation’s uninsured — estimated at about 47 million — and describe how they will pay for it.

“I have not foreclosed the possibility that we might need additional revenue in order to achieve my goal, but we shouldn’t underestimate the amount of money that can be saved in the existing system,” Obama said when asked whether he would raise taxes to reach his goal of universal coverage by the end of his first term.

“I can tell you I will do whatever it takes,” the Illinois senator added.

Clinton did not say whether or not she is considering a tax increase, but said she cannot see putting more money into what she described as the current broken system. She said she is committed to succeeding where she failed with the health care plan she crafted in her husband’s first term in the White House.

“We’re going to change the way we finance the system by taking away money from people who are doing well now,” said Clinton, who represents New York in the Senate. Asked who she was referring to, she mentioned insurance companies.

Obviously Clinton has a lot of baggage on this issue, so Edwards pressing it makes sense I suppose.

You can watch the candidates presentations from the Forum (.mp4 format): John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, & Mike Gravel.