Barack Obama’s healthcare plan maybe looking better in the future to those voters who preferred the plans of Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. The Boston Globe reports:
Barack Obama announced in his economy speech today that Elizabeth Edwards will work with him on healthcare policy — the issue that is the cause of her life and on which she preferred Hillary Clinton.
While her husband John Edwards gave Obama a high-profile endorsement, Elizabeth Edwards had stayed neutral, all the way through Clinton’s concession and suspension of her bid on Saturday.
Edwards, who was seated in the front row for Obama’s address, had said she liked Clinton’s plan better because it included a requirement for people to obtain insurance. Those favoring the so-called individual mandate say it’s the only workable way to cover all 47 million Americans without insurance, and Clinton often said that Obama would leave 15 million people behind.
Currently Barack Obama’s plan “focuses more on affordability.”
He and supporters of this approach say if policies are affordable, people will buy coverage without being forced.
The debate between the “so-called mandate” varies, but proponents of the mandate feel it is neccessary to get everyone covered and many voters felt that Hillary Clinton and John Edwards had far better healthcare plans.
In his speech today, Barack Obama “repeated his pledges to make available the same healthcare plan that members of Congress get, to reduce insurance premiums by $2,500 a year for the typical family, and to prevent insurance companies from discriminating.”
As we move now into the general election, I’m excited by the news that Elizabeth Edwards will be working with Obama towards what will hopefully be a far better plan his current plan. As a small business owner with no healthcare insurance, this is big issue on the table for me this year. I hope to see Hillary Clinton also start working on the healthcare issue with Obama and Elizabeth Edwards in the near future.