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Monday, April 21, 2008

Cheap shots? A Matter of Life or Death

I had an inclination Elizabeth Edwards would not sit down too long to take BS from McSame, who accused her of "cheap shots" when it came to his governmental coverage for healthcare.

And I was right. She wrote something for the Wonk Room at Think Progress, which is the bigger blog for the Center of American Progress...and where she is a senior fellow.

Opening remarks:

John McCain accused me of taking a “cheap shot” on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” yesterday for noting that people with preexisting conditions, such as he and I have, would not be able to get health care under his plan –- and that he perhaps was not as sensitive to this problem as he should be since he has been in government health care his whole life.

In regard to McCain's claim of poor health care under another nation and knows what it means not to have it, Elizabeth had this salient point that the issue isn't about them but it should be about the American people in general:

Sen. McCain noted that he was not receiving government health care for the six years he was in captivity. That is true. But it has nothing to do with my point — which is that the problem with Sen. McCain’s health care plan is not how it affects us –- but how it affects the tens of millions of Americans with preexisting conditions who, unlike Sen. McCain and myself, do not have the resources to pay for quality health care.

Elizabeth further notes:

McCain’s health care plan is centered around the idea that we’d be better off if more Americans bought health coverage on their own, rather than receiving it through a job or government program. But maybe since he has never purchased insurance in the individual market, he does not know the challenge it presents for Americans with preexisting conditions.

A recent study showed that nearly nine out of every ten people seeking individual coverage on the private insurance market never got it. Insurers will disqualify you for just taking certain medicines because of the possibility of future costs, including common drugs as Lipitor, Zocor, Nexium, and Advair. People who have had cancer are denied coverage and those who get cancer run the risk of simply being dropped by their insurer for any excuse that can be found. And insurers make it a practice to deny coverage to individuals in high risk occupations, such as firefighting, lumber work, telecom installation, and pretty much anything more risky than working in an office.

In regard to the question about pre-existing conditions, and McCain says he would have a medicare trust fund, Elizabeth blasts McCain on his contradiction montra about big government and spending:

McCain opposes universal health care because he claims it represents a “big government takeover and mandates.” But yesterday, he said he would help cover people with preexisting conditions by creating a “special Medicaid trust fund.”

A “special Medicaid trust fund”? Talk about a big government takeover. Tens of millions of Americans have preexisting conditions. If he is going to expand Medicaid to cover Americans with preexisting conditions, he is talking about a massive, massive increase in the Medicaid program. He says he opposes more government involvement in health care, but his idea really would be government-run health care.

My questions is: why is he doing this? [and]If he is so concerned about expanding government’s role in health care, why doesn’t he just tell the insurance industry that they have to cover people with preexisting conditions? Why is he more concerned about protecting the insurance industry –- an industry which, by the way, his corporate tax cut plan gives a $1.9 billion tax cut to –- than the tens of millions Americans with preexisting conditions?

Yeah, the McSame attitude. And Elizabeth is creating the frame we need to present against Rovian frames.

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  • Go Elizabeth!

    Thanks for the headsup, Benny.

    By Blogger Amy Goodale, at 3:18 PM  

  • Yeah, Elizabeth Rocks! Thanks for dropping by, Amy.

    By Blogger benny06, at 3:51 PM  

  • Part of the reason McCain sat in a Hanoi prison without good domestic health care for so long was because arrogant politicians did not do their homework or had egos too large to preside over a defeat. The ironic and funny thing is, McCain is walking in Nixon's moccasins now, and they fit perfectly.

    By Blogger oneamericarising, at 6:51 PM  

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