January 2nd, 2008
12:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards takes aim at Obama

(CNN) - John Edwards' wife Elizabeth blasted Barack Obama’s health care plan today, telling voters at an Iowa campaign stop that it would not cover her.

“I did a radio interview today, and I heard a radio commercial for Sen. Obama that indicated where it said in there that his health care program covered more Americans than either Sen. [Hillary] Clinton or John. That is actually not true,” said Edwards.

“There’s 15 million people or so - I’d be one of those - the hardest to insure …who are left out of his system.
It’s just kind of a complete untruth.”

–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Bernard

    I am observing this debate, and the whole primary process, from down under. As a few of you might know, we have just had an election here and indeed a change of government.

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. You Americans are lucky to have such a publicly transparent primaries system, rather than your political parties choosing their leadership/contenders through an internal 'black box' process. You should listen therefore to the debates for content and not for superficial details. Ms Edwards was using her condition as an example, albeit powerful as it was a personal one. Her being a millionare's wife or not is entirely peripheral to the principle that she is trying to portray.

    2. Choosing a President based on merit, who can respond to the needs of the country (and insofar as they should, of the world) is critical. It is also made all the more difficult – though it shouldn't – by the inclusion of prominent coloured and women candidates. I hope that the choice is indeed made based on merit and not on these aesthetic factors. I applaud their participation in the process, but am not baised for or against their success.

    And on the subject of health care, which is after all why we are here, you might care to do a bit of net research on the Australian system, which has been in operation for almost 30 years. It is proof (admittedly in a country with only 10% of the US's population) that a high quality universal public health system including a public health insurance safety net, appropriate leverages through the taxation system, and a subsidised pharmaceutical benefits scheme is not fiction but indeed a reality that us Aussies from all classes of society enjoy every day of our lives.

    With sincere thoughts and new year wishes to all of you as you make this critical decision at the ballot.

    January 3, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  2. Glen

    Health Care, I must admit I love the fact that my taxes in Canada ensure that all Canadians have access to Health Care, the ones who have tons of money will fly out of Canada for a faster private service. All the power to them, it makes me sick thou that they take up the space of someone else that needs it who can not pay for it in their own country.
    For the record, it is also no secret that we have people cross our border and use our walk in clinics. This does not bother me as well if they can't get it at home.

    Our system is not perfect, however I know that children and seniors across the spectrum can get the health care they need. It is about compassion for each other. You might give it a try

    January 3, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  3. George Pudlo

    MR. LEN,
    You make it seem as if those millions on welfare all have the option of just lifting themselves up into the middle class and making a decent living if they try. True as it may be, that is possible some of the time, but some just dont have the resources or options. Sometimes people are thrown into poverty because of medical bills or the loss of a job or simply because of an unfortunate circumstance out of their hands. What is so farfetched and unfair about universal healthcare? About our country taking care of its citizens? It sounds like your opinions are a bit selfish and inhumane.

    January 3, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  4. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Wake UP, America. Sooooooo many of you are missing the point!!! Good grief, with your silly nicknames and haircut comments...WAKE UP, America!!!

    This is NOT a game! It is not about the first woman in office or the first african american in office or the person who can raise the most money...It is about nominating someone who can WIN!!! Hillary cannot beat the repub nominee...BO cannot beat the repub nominee...JOHN EDWARDS CAN AND WILL WIN!!!

    Regardless of these idiotic comments that must come from the biggest idiots on the planet, the dems MUST WIN in November!!!

    January 3, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Liam

    The middle ground is where most Americans feel comfortable. No side has a monopoly on virtue and wisdom. Nothing gets done without reasonable compromise and rational consensus.

    Rabid partisan political warfare is ruinous to any nation.

    "Politics is the art of the possible." JFK. If you do not treat your opponents with respect and including them in the formulation of solutions you will not get anything passed.

    Senator Obama is the right person for the job of healing the national rift. We need to meet and work together on middle ground. The nation can not afford to remain so divided. It will destroy the very fabric of the country,

    Lets us restore a sense of mutual respect for each other, and work on finding reasonable solutions to the many serious challenges that face us.

    Senator Obama is the only one that holds forth that splendid promise and goal. Do you want to begin an era of reconciliation, or do you want to continue to nurse old grievances in a lonely bleak world filled with hate and rage?

    You can make a difference, if you are willing to let go of the ugly past, and invest in a brighter and more inclusive future for all the people.

    That is what Senator Obama offers.

    January 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    What really scares the living s- out of me is that all you posters above have the right to vote. Congratulations to Randee, Shaun,Les,La Rae and Jake for putting Elizabeth's comment into the correct context. Maybe we should consider an IQ test for voting rights.

    January 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Helen

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/83148 fact check so of obamas lies before voting

    January 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. KJ, CA

    Mrs. Edwards is flat out wrong. Senator Obama's plan will cover all Americans who choose to get health coverage.

    January 3, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. JW

    The people who are complaining that Elizabeth Edwards can afford her own health care are not only missing the point, they are stuck in the myth that health care is a priviledge. HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT, not a priviledge. IF you don't understand that, her point is lost. And the point is that anyone with a terminal illness deserves health care as much as anyone else, regardless of their wealth or lack thereof. GET OVER the fact they have millions or you'll never have real political discussion.

    January 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Bob

    KJ, CA..........................."Senator Obama's plan will cover all Americans who
    "CHOOSE" to get health coverage." That statement doesn't make much sense to me, I don't know about others but........................................................

    Tell me of one person given the chance to either "Choose" to have health coverage or "Choose NOT" to have health coverage. I just can't imagine anyone "CHOOSING NOT" to have health coverage.

    January 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. pmorlan

    The vicious comments here makes me wonder what happened to the poltiics of hope? Is this twhat Obama supporters call the new kind of politics? If so, the slogan rings pretty hollow.

    January 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Gane

    Senator Edwards, I would NOT vote for you because you are making your case only on of the expense of Hilary Clinton.

    Gentleman?! What is it? On the debate you ware like a Hyena over her, before her suit... Is that a simple jealousy lire most of American women (surprise for me, even Pakistanis are more advance in this meter and Bhutto was killed from her enemies).

    Second, do you deny that "Clinton's machine" work peaty well for americans for 8 years ?

    It is partly your fault. Why didn't you win the Election in 2000? Now you are blaming Hilary that America is really in a big ...

    You still play your ego agenda, Sur! Obama will be chewed and spit from Republicans, because he has not very much to offer then word "Change" (He sounds to me like those communist leaders who had been feeding the people only with nice word and hopes of future almost heavenly life; UTOPIA, eh , worked for some period).

    Americans , please, just do not compare him with JFK.

    If you really are talking from your heard, it is not late you to make some REAL CHANGE- make sure Democrat to be in the Oval office this time even that is not you.

    As I rite on a CNN goes a Braking New about Iranians? I imagine Senator Obama in the Oval office with pence full of..

    Wake up Americans, it is very serious , do not blow it again!

    January 7, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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