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Fixing the Health Care System

Poll after poll shows that the American public wants politicians to fix the health care system.

So, it's not surprising that the eight candidates just spent 10 minutes debating their various plans.

Edwards began and ended the debate, seeking to draw a sharp contrast between his plan that would mandate universal coverage and Obama's that does not mandate universal coverage.

Obama insisted that all people want health care but simply can't afford it. He added that Edwards' plan would create affordability issues of its own.

Clinton went for a grander picture, referring to her failed effort to reform health care during her husband's first term. She argued that political will, not the specifics of any one plan, were the key element in achieving reform.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2007; 7:52 PM ET
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Posted by: anonymous | June 4, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Edwards' UHC will cover everyone. Obama's assertion that it was like mandatory auto insurance was completely off base. Edwards' plan provides subsidies for those who can't afford the premiums and who don't qualify for federal programs.

There are people who could afford at least some of the health insurance premium who would prefer to spend it on a new DVD unless required to have insurance. The rest of us would then pay when they get sick or injured.

Some personal responsibility should be required, and the requirements under Edwards' plan (especially in conjunction with his other plans) are not over burdensome.

Not fixing the problem, on the other hand, is overly burdensome. It has to be universal.

Posted by: Laura H | June 3, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Edwards' UHC will cover everyone. Obama's assertion that it was like mandatory auto insurance was completely off base. Edwards' plan provides subsidies for those who can't afford the premiums and who don't qualify for federal programs.

There are people who could afford at least some of the health insurance premium who would prefer to spend it on a new DVD unless required to have insurance. The rest of us would then pay when they get sick or injured.

Some personal responsibility should be required, and the requirements under Edwards' plan (especially in conjunction with his other plans) are not over burdensome.

Not fixing the problem, on the other hand, is overly burdensome. It has to be universal.

Posted by: Laura H | June 3, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Single Payer is the solution, but then DTW has a point: the insurance/medical industry mafia will stop at nothing.... Still, at this point in NH, I'm with Kucinich & Edwards. Keep it simple, keep it real. On the issue of health care, all the dems need to get serious about values (universal access) and stewardship (single payer). These Yankees I live with have good BS detectors. Hillary has a machine to carry her, but Obama could get fried with the kind of BS he has been dishing out

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

For good or ill, it is a good bet that an attempt to move to a single payer system would fail (it would be labeled "socialized medicine").

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

What about Kucinich's single payer system? Letting insurance companies and HMOs run the show is part of the reason health care costs so much in the first place. The money saved from paying these services could easily pay for our health needs

Posted by: D | June 3, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought Obama's analogy to auto insurance was very effective (meaning it doesn't matter if the law makes health insurance "mandatory" as long as it is not affordable--people will still go without it).

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama's plan makes me angry, actually. He promised in the previous debate that he would enact universal health care by the end of his first term. Then he dares to propose something that is NOT universal, pretend it's universal, and obviously thinks we're to dumb to know the difference.

Posted by: Laura P. | June 3, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Edwards' plan would cover everyone, and there are subsidies built in to ensure that those who can't afford HC on their own will still be able to get coverage.

Obama's willing to let ppl go uncovered?

Posted by: marratha | June 3, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I think Clinton is smart to acknowledge her past with this issue, but I didn't hear a clear statement of why this time would be different.

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama's plan sounds great, the government will pay less and it will help keep costs down for the average family.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Edwards has an excellent universal health care plan. Obama's is not a universal plan, as Edwards rightly pointed out. Clinton hasn't really put out a plan yet, although I think she gave a speech on some aspects of health care. In any case, her failure to get a plan passed before does not exactly inspire confidence.

Posted by: Laura P. | June 3, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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