Clinton copies Edwards' health plan | Edwards Watch | Indy Week
Pin It

Clinton copies Edwards' health plan 

In a presidential election week dominated by Hillary Clinton's new plan for universal health insurance coverage, the best news John Edwards got was ... Hillary Clinton's new plan for health insurance coverage. Mainly, because it underlined Edwards as the progressive driver in the Democratic field. Even the mainstream media, which see Clinton and Barack Obama as the frontrunners and frequently forget about Edwards, noted that Clinton's plan is a virtual copy of Edwards' from seven months ago. (And that Edwards was "flattered.") Also, that it's a step up from Clinton's earlier, more cautious stance that universal coverage would take her eight years as president to achieve.

Edwards' response: He'll fight for universal coverage, while Clinton will compromise it away (again) to the special interests, i.e., insurance companies. And if you don't believe me, Edwards said, look at the fundraiser she's holding right now (on Sept. 18) for $1,000 contributors and big-money bundlers (those bringing $25,000 in checks). The topic was homeland security, not health care, but the same principles apply, Edwards' campaign declared. Clinton's seeking money from lobbyists and corporate officials who want contracts with the Department of Homeland Security; in return, she's offering private meetings with members of the congressional committees that oversee DHS spending—members who also back Clinton.

Then Edwards was off to Des Moines to announce his latest "bold" plan, on education. It features universal pre-K and $15,000 bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools. He was raising the progressive stakes, in other words.

Clinton's health plan helped Edwards in an even more critical way: By reminding voters that Obama's plan falls short of universal coverage, which sounded awfully weak in light of Clinton's—and her halo effect on Edwards.

Which brings us to the second-best news Edwards got: A string of Survey USA polls showing him the Democrats' strongest candidate against the Republican frontrunners in key swing states. Generally, Edwards wasn't that much stronger Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio. But there was a startling gap in Ohio between Edwards and Obama. Against Rudy Giuliani, for example, Edwards was a point behind; Obama 13 points behind. Against Mitt Romney, Obama trailed by 1; Edwards led by 20.

Edwards wants the Democratic campaign to be about who'll have the right stuff to lead a progressive movement, he or Clinton. So far, it isn't. It's change: candidate Obama versus the establishment Clinton(s). But if Obama's seen as weak, Edwards is next in line.

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Edwards Watch



Twitter Activity

Comments

I agree - John Edwards is part of the health care problem. His ridiculous settlements with insurance companies makes Healthcare …

by tomgee on Why Edwards' policies caught on, but he didn't (Edwards Watch)

People seem to not realize the cost of John's great wealth from those law suits will be passed down to …

by ZEN on Why Edwards' policies caught on, but he didn't (Edwards Watch)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2015 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation