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Edwards Universal Healthcare "plan"
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, February 25, 2007

The short form:
Universal healthcare is one of the primary components on Edwards' agenda. In Nashua, at a New Hampshire house party, Edwards explained his plan to provide health coverage for all by 2012. He told ABC News he would pay for it by eliminating President Bush's tax cuts on the richest Americans.

"The money is either there or it's not there from the tax cuts," said Edwards. "And right now those tax cuts exist. So I think it can be used as a revenue stream for now. If we have to make alterations or find other revenue streams, we'll do it."
Clear enough? If you need a translation it goes like this: "I have no idea how much it will cost. Initially I'll fool everyone into going along by claiming that I can pay for it by taxing the rich. If that's insufficient, well, we'll find other sources of revenue wherever we have to".

And this passes for a serious policy proposal?

See previous post on this to understand the dynamic in graphic form.

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Previous Comments to this Post 

I always shudder when I hear of taxation expressed as a revenue stream. It makes it sound so business like. I can’t imagine hearing a robber speak of revenue streams. Just cash. And where he’s going to get his cash. Revenue stream? To me it’s like the ’Earned Income Tax Credit’. Blauchhhhh :-( !
Written By: meagain
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"And this passes for a serious policy proposal?"
I don’t see the problem. He is a Socialist and he has clearly proposed socialized medicine. For heaven’s sake, he is a Presidential Candidate; did you expect him to use the actual word "Socialism"?

Written By: notherbob2
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Come on, Edwards has a perfect revenue stream: He’ll have the United States sue doctor all over the country and garnish their earnings into perpetuity.
Written By: steverino
Again, there’s a reason John Edwards came in behind John "Mr Personality" Kerry. He’s not too bright either....I don’t mean to be too dismissive or cruel, but the reality is that it becomes increasingly clear that there is NO there when it comes to John Edwards.
Written By: Joe
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How about a wealth tax for those with homes exceeding 28,000 sq. feet in size?

It’s for the common good Mr. Edwards.
Written By: Harun
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The scary thought is, how many people clapped and cheered for this?

Probably the same people who thought Hillary taking the profits from a company was a fine idea too.
Written By: Robb Allen

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