Clinton and Obama stepped up attacks on each other's healthcare plans Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ratcheted up the rhetoric over healthcare Wednesday, each accusing the other of not being straightforward on the issue.
Campaigning in Ankeny, Iowa, Clinton said Obama's plan does not cover all Americans, and accused the Illinois Democrat of misleading voters about his proposal's limitations.
"He has called his plan universal, then he called it 'virtually universal,' but it simply does not deserve the label," said the New York senator. "When it comes to truth in labeling, his plan simply flunks the test."
Clinton and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards both support a plan that mandates Americans to have healthcare. Clinton's plan requires insurance companies to offer coverage to anyone who applies.
Obama, who does not support a mandated plan, says the reason people don't have health care is because it's too expensive, not because they don't want it. His plan would create a national health insurance program for those who do not have employer-provided health care and who do not qualify for other existing federal programs. It does not mandate individual coverage for all Americans, although it requires coverage for all children.
"He’s been saying there’s no difference between our plans," said Clinton Wednesday. "But his plan would leave 15 million Americans uninsured – including more than 100,000 people right here in Iowa."
Meanwhile, in a conference call with Iowa reporters, Obama criticized Clinton for calling for a healthcare mandate while not saying how it would be enforced.
"Until she clarifies what exactly she intends to do to enforce this mandate - is she going to fine people, is she going to take other steps to enforce it - this is more of a political point that she's trying to make than a real point," he said. The Illinois senator also repeated his claim that his health care plan would do more to than those of his opponents to reduce costs.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney