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Elizabeth Edwards Speaks Out Against McCain

Tim Craig

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, was in Richmond today to speak out against John McCain's health care plan.

Edwards held an event at the State Capitol with several Democratic legislators.

Several labor unions sponsored the event.

By Tim Craig  |  October 7, 2008; 10:37 AM ET
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O wow!

I guess this is a MAJOR deal now that someone from the Edwards family is speaking against McCain.

Perhaps they should concentrate on their own problems instead as nobody cares who they are, what they think or what they do anymore.

Doesnt anyone at WaPo work anymore to find real stories?

Posted by: Yawn | October 7, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ok its true that Obama isnt that qualified to be president, but an even sadder fact is that people are even less enthusiastic about McCain, McBush, McRNC, so the GOP should of had a different nominee, then maybe they would of had a chance. A new national poll taken by watchdebate.com says that people preffer Huckabee/Palin08
5 to 1 over mccain palin. Matter of fact those polled liked Huckabee/mccain08 over McCain/Palin08 nearly 2 to 1. The problem isnt how bad Obama is, The problem is how bad of a candidate McCain is. See the Poll your self at http://www.mccanes.com/watchdebatevp.html

So no matter how much the GOP crys, and how desperate they get its their own fault for Pushing such a weak candidate. This will be the first time I ever vote Dem and I think Obama is a much stronger candidate then McCain. Funny though, You will never believe who was voted Debator of the year.
http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Here is a summary of Senator John Edwards'
universal health care plan which achieves universal coverage by:

"Requiring businesses and other employers to either cover their employees or help finance their health insurance.

Making insurance affordable by creating new tax credits, expanding Medicaid and SCHIP, reforming insurance laws, and taking innovative steps to contain health care costs.

Creating regional "Health Care Markets" to let every American share the bargaining power to purchase an affordable, high-quality health plan, increase choices among insurance plans, and cut costs for businesses offering insurance.

Once these steps have been taken, requiring all American residents to get insurance.

Securing universal healthcare for every American will require the active involvement of millions of Americans."

Posted by: Cherubim | October 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Contiuation of the Edwards plan:

Reform The Insurance Industry
Set national accounting standards requiring insurers to spend at least 85 percent of their premiums on patient care. The standards will also create a more efficient system. Today, thirty cents of every dollar spent on health care goes toward administration and system waste. [Woolhandler, et al., 2003]

Making Private Insurers Compete with a Public Plan: Edwards will offer individuals in Health Care Markets a choice of insurance plans including a public plan based on Medicare. Private insurers will operate in a more competitive market that will hold down costs and improve care.

Protecting Consumers establish strong national "truth-in-insuring" rules to explain private insurance plans and create standards for billing. He will order the Justice Department to conduct an antitrust review of the health insurance market. And he will enact a Patients' Bill of Rights for insurance companies and managed care.

Stopping Overpayments to Medicare Private Plans: Medicare overpays private plans for the services delivered to beneficiaries. Edwards will stop the privatization of Medicare and the overpayments and expand its services for low-income beneficiaries. [CBPP, 2007]

Promoting Evidence-Based Medicine and Transparency: Edwards will create a new independent research institute to analyze new devices and treatments and disseminate its findings. He will develop partnerships among academic medical centers, Medicare, and other agencies to make high-quality medicine contagious. A health care Consumer Reports-type publication will help patients make better choices and drive providers to offer better services for lower costs

Edwards supports mandatory sanctions for lawyers who file frivolous cases, stronger state medical disciplinary boards, and a knowledge bank that encourages doctors to report medical errors voluntarily, making others aware of preventable mistakes.

Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable
Improving the Patent System and the FDA: The patent system sometimes encourages greater investment in profitable but minor innovation ("me-too drugs") than in the costly and speculative research that generates true breakthroughs. In 2005, only 20 percent of FDA approved drugs were new molecular entities. In addition, the patent system gives companies long-term monopolies that can make life-saving drugs prohibitively costly for patients. Edwards will convene an expert panel to explore whether there are certain key disorders where prizes for breakthroughs – as an alternative to patent monopolies—would offer new incentives to researchers, guaranteed gains to companies, and lower costs to patients. Prizes would supplement, but not replace, the current patent system. Additionally, Edwards will eliminate loopholes and trade obstacles that block generic drugs and let the FDA approve biogenerics, saving up to $43 billion over 10 years. [Woolley, 2006; Stiglitz, 2005; CAGW, 2007]
Protect Patients against Dangerous Medicines: Edwards will restrict direct-to-consumer advertising for new drugs, strengthen the FDA, and ensure evaluation research is truly independent.
Getting a Fair Deal for Taxpayers: Edwards will repeal the law preventing Medicare from negotiating drug costs with drug makers and empower states to use Medicaid's leverage to purchase drugs at lower prices, with safeguards to preserve access. He will give Medicare beneficiaries the choice to pick a public plan for their prescription drugs.
Allowing Reimportation: Edwards has long supported the safe reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada, which could save consumers $50 billion over 10 years. [Washington Post, 5/3/07]
Additional Investments In Quality To Save Money
Edwards will support infrastructure that is focused on quality and efficiency by:

Addressing the Nursing Crisis: Edwards will improve work conditions to bring back 50,000 nurses who have left the profession and recruit 50,000 young people into nursing. Hiring more nurses could save 6,700 lives in hospitals and reduce 4 million days of hospital care. [Needleman, et al., 2006]
Providing Choice and Dignity in Long-Term Care: To help Americans who need long-term care and to contain costs, Edwards will reform the long-term care system to emphasize choice for older Americans and people with disabilities, provide home and community care whenever possible, and promote dignity and respect for families and workers.
Investing in Telemedicine for Rural Areas: Small-town America should have access to the same high-quality health care available in big cities. Edwards will help rural hospitals invest in telemedicine, support 15 Regional Telemedicine Centers across the country to share best practices, and cut red tape that limits patient access to the full benefits of telemedicine.

Posted by: Cherubim | October 7, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Elizabeth Edwards be spending time finding solutions for her husbands infidelity problem than going after McCain?

Posted by: Janet | October 7, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Edwards First Wives club: What happened to John McCain's first wife? Crippled and disfigured by an automobile accident, John McCain trashed his marital vows, divorced his first wife, and barely one month later in a lavish, high society wedding, married Cindy McCain, 20 years his junior. And this from a man of honor? Can John McCain be excused from this act of abandonment because he is a "great man" and because his wife, thanks to the accident was a "lesser woman"? Why did the vice presidential beauty contest between Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jane Swift, and a host of other qualified Republican women, end up with Sarah Palin as winner? Could it be John McCain at 72 is still the same man he was when he abandoned his first wife almost 30 years ago? That when it comes to judging women, the things that matter most are youth and beauty? Elizabeth Edwards is not a “lesser woman”, and John McCain is not a “great man”. Elizabeth Edwards will not be silenced by hypocrites like John McCain

Posted by: bcblue84 | October 7, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

It is good to see Elizabeth Edwards back to help promote
universal health care for Americans. Elizabeth Edwards, if she has the strength, needs to stand on a stage with Obama. She commands tremendous respect from the American people.. She needs to be heard. We need to see and hear her.

Now if we could only get back into action her husband,
Senator John Edwards who said the followining in July of 2007 when he was running for U.S. President:

"First, I will create a Family Savings and Credit Commission to make sure that financial services treat families safely.

Right now, there's no sheriff in town. Interest rates were effectively deregulated 20 years ago. States cannot effectively regulate banks because most are based in other states. Federal regulators put bank "soundness" � profitability � far ahead of consumer protection.

My Family Savings and Credit Commission will change this. It will deal with all financial services -- credit cards, mortgages, car loans, check-cashers, payday loans, investment accounts, and more. It will ban the most abusive terms and make sure consumers understand the others.

Second, I will also pass strong national laws protecting us against the worst abuses in credit markets � predatory mortgages � abusive credit card terms � and payday loans with interest rates of 300 percent or higher.

Finally, I will help create alternatives to abusive lenders. I will help working families build up a cushion by matching their savings and bringing bank accounts to the 56 million without them. And I will support non-profit groups offering affordable, short-term loans. We need a new era of responsible lenders who see families as long-term investments, not quick bucks.

All across the economy, we need to do the same thing � take on the special interests and put Washington back on the side of regular families. "

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJlKE_BLAUM

http://www.johnedwards.com/news/speeches/20070621-reduce-debt/


Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It is good to see Elizabeth Edwards back to help promote
universal health care for Americans. Elizabeth Edwards, if she has the strength, needs to stand on a stage with Obama. She commands tremendous respect from the American people.. She needs to be heard. We need to see and hear her.

Now if we could only get back into action her husband,
Senator John Edwards who said the followining in July of 2007 when he was running for U.S. President:

"First, I will create a Family Savings and Credit Commission to make sure that financial services treat families safely.

Right now, there's no sheriff in town. Interest rates were effectively deregulated 20 years ago. States cannot effectively regulate banks because most are based in other states. Federal regulators put bank "soundness" � profitability � far ahead of consumer protection.

My Family Savings and Credit Commission will change this. It will deal with all financial services -- credit cards, mortgages, car loans, check-cashers, payday loans, investment accounts, and more. It will ban the most abusive terms and make sure consumers understand the others.

Second, I will also pass strong national laws protecting us against the worst abuses in credit markets � predatory mortgages � abusive credit card terms � and payday loans with interest rates of 300 percent or higher.

Finally, I will help create alternatives to abusive lenders. I will help working families build up a cushion by matching their savings and bringing bank accounts to the 56 million without them. And I will support non-profit groups offering affordable, short-term loans. We need a new era of responsible lenders who see families as long-term investments, not quick bucks.

All across the economy, we need to do the same thing � take on the special interests and put Washington back on the side of regular families. "

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJlKE_BLAUM

http://www.johnedwards.com/news/speeches/20070621-reduce-debt/


Posted by: Cherubim | October 9, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Janet, Is it your opinion that because Elizabeth's husband cheated on her she should no longer fight for the issues that matter to her? You were just looking for a petty way to dig at John Edwards. If you believe so strongly in McCain's healthcare plan, defend it. Just like your party, instead of debating issues, you throw mud. I can't wait til after the election when we have a progressive president, progressive house and senate, and peace and prosperity.

Posted by: Brandon | October 9, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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