DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EDWARDS' PLAN FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE INCLUDES RAISING TAXES

February 5, 2007

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Sunday his plan for universal health care would require higher taxes and cost up to $120 billion year.

The Edwards plan would:

  • Provide health care coverage for the 47 million people who currently lack it and reduce the cost of health care coverage for middle-class families, partly by making health care programs more efficient.
  • Expand Medicaid and a program that now provides coverage to 6 million people, mostly children, and provide federal health care subsidies.
  • Require employers to play a bigger role, either by offering coverage or buying into "health markets" that would include a government plan.

Edwards said he would free up money for health care coverage by abolishing President George W. Bush's tax cuts for people who make more than $200,000 a year and by having the government collect more back taxes.

Source: "Democratic presidential candidate Edwards' plan for universal health care includes raising taxes," Associated Press/Boston Herald, February 4, 2007.

 

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