April 2nd, 2008
06:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards takes aim at McCain health care plan

Elizabeth Edwards is taking aim at John McCain’s health care plan.

Elizabeth Edwards is taking aim at John McCain’s health care plan.

(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

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. RightyTighty

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Haaaa!!

    April 2, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Peg

    John lost his chance to endorse and he really does think either of the candidates will make good Presidents. However, I fell Obama has the chance to be a "Great" President, while Clinton would be a "Good" one. Plus, I'm just sick of the Clintons at this point and don't really look forward to seeing them in the White House again.

    There was even a poll out which supported John Edwards NOT endorsing anyone at this point. That it wouldn't help at all.

    A agree, he's a good guy. I supported him, but I still think he is more in line with Obama, sorry.

    April 2, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Matt, Cleveland OH

    It makes me upset to see these politicians go with a "do as I say, not as I do" approach. Edwards wants to fight poverty? Cut his personal wealth from $30+ million to $1 million. That might help. Gore wants to fight global warming? Fix his house first instead of copping out and buying carbon credits. Obama wants to pull together the racial divide? Don't call your grandmother a typical white person.

    Let's see some real leadership...

    April 2, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. allen

    She did not endorse Hillary's plan and she did not criticize obama's plan if you listened to the interview like I did, she said that she liked Hillary's better, because it mandates coverage for all Americans. She said that Obama's plan was good as well, but it did not go as far as Clinton's. That is far from crtiticizing CNN. Stop putting words in her mouth. She also said that they (her and John) have disagreed with eachother concerning issues with the candidates and the candidates themselves. she made it clear that they could endorse seperately. So if she is giving Hillary the nod, then John by default is giving Obama the nod.

    April 2, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Michael

    Who cares what she has to say....we all have our opinions. She just happens to have another useless opinion.

    April 2, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Sue in Raleigh

    Tell 'em Elizabeth!!

    By the way, ask John to hurry and endorse Hillary!

    April 2, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Joe

    Its interesting that she criticizes McCain's and Obama's Healthcare plans yet the headline only mentions McCain. Obama really is a favorite with the press.

    April 2, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Ryan

    Since when does anyone deserve free health care? Just because you live and breathe does not give you the right for others to pay for your healthcare. I am completely empathetic to the truely disabled but the ones that choose to sit on their backsides and do nothing deserve nothing. Instead of buying healthcare insurance, they choose to continue to smoke, eat poorly, gamble – i.e. spend their money on items when they could be owning their own health insurance. If a present-day Democrat gets into office, they will further worsen the economy through their social programs. Free healthcare, free college tuition for the newborns, free tuition for illegal immigrants, free housing, free childcare. Why work? We've become a bunch of apathetics. What can the government do for me? Present-day Democrats need to go back to the teaching of a great Democrat – JFK – and really ask themselves "what can we do for our country" instead of the other way around.

    April 2, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Martha, Georgia

    What the politicians fail to tell the uneducated public is that no matter how much spin, the public will be paying for medical insurance one way or the other. Any employed individual knows that medical benefits offered by a company is paid by the employee and the hype of a benefit is just plain and simple b.s. Get a group of your own friends and get discounted insurance, isn't that what employers are doing.

    April 2, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Margie-Overland Park, Ks.

    It's great to hear from a great intelligent woman. Elizabeth speaks for the people as she understands the importance of investing in people and not CORPORATE AMERICA for which the REPUB's STAND. Only little boys and little girls would ever bad mouth this wonderful woman.

    April 2, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. John in PA

    Way to stand up to the McCain camp! Also, way to call out Obama's lack of vision on this issue.

    April 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. MomGrandma

    I knew Mrs. Clinton wouldn't cave in to her male counterparts. We fought for the right to vote and the snowball is still rolling. The turnaround is overdue. Hillary in '08.

    April 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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