(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards said Tuesday that under John McCain’s health care plan, uninsured Americans with life-threatening illnesses would be “outside the clinic doors” – the latest salvo in an increasingly charged war of words with an adviser to the presumptive Republican nominee.
The wife of former Democratic presidential candidate said Saturday that as cancer survivors, “Neither one of us [herself or John McCain] would be covered by his health policy.”
McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin fired back in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, calling her remarks “disappointing” – and saying they proved she did not understand the Arizona senator’s plan.
He said the McCain proposal, which relies on market competition to lower costs, was the most effective way to ensure all Americans could afford health insurance.
On Tuesday, Edwards fired back in a blog post on a Web site run by the Center for American Progress. “The problem, Douglas, is that, despite fuzzy language and feel-good lines in the Senator’s proposal, I do understand exactly how devastating it will be to people who have the health conditions with which the Senator and I are confronted…”
McCain has been successfully treated for melanoma, and Edwards for breast cancer.
Edwards has also criticized Barack Obama’s health care plan. She has praised Hillary Clinton's proposal, saying that it resembles her husband's universal health care plan.
The McCain campaign has not yet responded to Edwards’ latest comments.
–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand