July 23rd, 2007
10:28 PM ET
7 years ago

Different prescriptions for healthcare

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards clashed the issue of healthcare reform when answering a question from a 36-year old woman named Kim who is battling breast cancer and is uninsured.

Obama said his healthcare plan offers universal coverage but disagreed with Edwards on whether the government should mandate coverage.

"John and I have a disagreement," Obama said. "John thinks that the only way we get universal coverage is to mandate coverage. I think that the problem is not that people are tryng to avoid getting healthcare coverage."

CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Edwards whether Obama's healthcare plan provides universal coverage.

"No, because the only way is to mandate that everyone be covered," Edwards responded.

- CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell

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  1. Jarrod- Santa Rosa, CA

    John Edward's mandate would be the direction I would take universal health care. If companies aren't forced to provide insurance, then they won't.

    In the end, both candidates have it wrong- we need to reform the health care system all together as far as finance goes. We need to get rid of the insurance system, because the cost of "being healthy" shouldn't ever be so expensive, that you need insurance just to be able to afford it.

    Michael Moore has the right stance on this issue.

    July 24, 2007 06:02 am at 6:02 am |