Edwards will address health care at a 9:30 am ET press conference in Detroit
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards tackles the thorny issue of universal health care today in Detroit. According to his campaign, Edwards will focus on how his policy will help lower health care costs.
"Americans today aren’t getting the quality of health care they pay for and can’t afford the cost of the care they do receive,” Edwards will say per speech excerpts given to the Ticker by his campaign.
Part of his plan to bring down costs includes eliminating “loopholes and trade obstacles” that impede access to generic drugs and creating “national accounting standards” that would require insurers to devote 85% of their premiums to patient care.
“I will make sure insurance companies play fair in three ways. I will make them compete so consumers get a good deal. Instead of plowing higher premiums into higher profits, I will require them to spend a greater percentage on actual patient care. And I will force them to tell the truth when they tell you about their policies or send you a bill,” Edwards will say.
The former vice presidential nominee’s universal health care plan would eventually make insurance mandatory after a series of systems were put in place to make it more widely available and affordable.
–CNN Sr. Political Producer Sasha Johnson
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Could someone please remind former Senator Edwards that he helped dig the hole that he's now trying to fill? As a trial lawyer who took exhorbitant cash settlements from our health care system, he especially hit the insurance companies, doctors who made honest mistakes, and all people who buy their own health insurance (where the bill eventually lands). His actions drove up costs of malpractice insurance, then doctor salaries, then cost of health care, then cost of health insurance. When price of health insurance goes up, less people can afford it.
We have not yet seen any apology from this man for the mess he helped create through greed and selfishness. America can only hope that he suffers such an embarrassing loss in his nomination fight that we never hear from him again.
I read an article this week that suggested as Americans we should be ble to shop for health insurance just as we shop for car and homeowners insurance. I don't know why this idea has been met head on. As the article states employers will no longer be held hostage by the insurance companies. If you think about the discount received because of the number of people insured via one employer think how much we could save if health insurance was open nationwide for anyone and everyone to belong to a plan. Then and only then will you see a decrease in insurance premiums and the care received would be equal to the premium paid.
This is a really bad idea. ANYTIME the government has required anything in the past the cost to the working man/woman has shot through the roof. Great example . . . car insurance.
Blaming trial lawyers for our current health care crisis is convenient, but misguided. And what exactly is the sort of "honest mistake" that doctors shouldn't be held accountable for? Maybe the doctor should find another career, where a few "honest mistakes" aren't such a big deal.
I don't care what John Edwards used to do, I care that he's out there fighting to make things better for average Americans. He speaks clearly about complex topics and he really seems to care. Let's face it, Hillary's not likeable enough, Obama's not experienced enough. John Edwards will be the Democratic nominee, and therefore, the next president.
I agree with Stuart.
Hillary can't win and is hated with a passion by Republicans.
Edwards has the convinction to speak candidly about the issues and offer real solutions.
Healthcare can and should be regulated by the government.
The Republicans and even some Democrats have sold out to the ultra-powerful drug/pharmaceutical lobbies. It is about time we offer real solutions to fix this problem. Not corporate welfare.
edwards, smedwards. he is over. mr. 44 dollar haircuit killed him. too bad, i thought he was giong to take it until taht gaffe.
I agree with Stuart as well. Although, in regard to Hillary, not only is she unlikeable she is untrustworthy. We need more than a change of party in Washington, we need true change to take this counrty out of the hands of corruption and give it back to the American people. I think we can trust John Edwards to do that.
There are no perfect plans out there, but I do think Mitt Romney's is the best one.
I work a job for $10 an hour, have a $600 mortgage payment and with the price of gasoline and groceries skyrocketed I can't afford to go to the doctor. The one prescription I take is $19 a pill...and it isnt the most expensive med out there. If someone can do something about our medical crisis in this country...I'm all for them. Edwards 2008!!!