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Elizabeth Edwards Issues a Challenge to McCain on Health Care

By Krissah Williams
Since her husband suspended his run for the Democratic nomination three months ago, Elizabeth Edwards has remained largely out of the public sphere. A fierce proponent of her husband's run for office and once a regular on the campaign stump -- despite her ongoing battle with cancer -- Edwards stepped back into the fray last weekend with an attack on Sen. John McCain's health-care plan.

Under the presumptive Republican nominee's health-care plan, Edwards told reporters, she would not be covered, an accusation that McCain's aides deny.

Today, Edwards expanded on that claim at The Wonk Room, a new policy blog published by the liberal Center for American Progress.

She wrote:

Apparently Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a senior policy advisor to McCain, thinks I do "not understand the comprehensive nature of the senator's proposal." 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 (melanoma for him, breast cancer for me) but do not have the financial resources we have. In very unconfusing language: they are left outside the clinic doors.

Edwards ends the blog item with a challenge to McCain to answer a string of questions about his health-care plan.

Is this round one of Elizabeth Edwards versus John McCain?

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 1, 2008; 5:32 PM ET
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