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