Democratic Presidential Candidates Talk Health Care
Three presidential candidates -- Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) -- on Wednesday at the Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., discussed their proposals for health care and other issues, the Washington Times reports.
At the conference, sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the candidates said that all U.S. residents should have access to health care.
Clinton said that she plans to announce a health insurance proposal but did not provide specific details.
Obama said that his health insurance proposal would provide coverage to most residents and save the average family as much as $2,500 annually.
Edwards said that he would fund his health insurance proposal, which would provide coverage to most residents, through the elimination of tax cuts proposed by President Bush and approved by Congress for households with annual incomes more than $200,000.
According to the Times, conference attendees "didn't mind the nuanced differences in the candidates' health care plans and lauded Mrs. Clinton's efforts on health care when her husband was in the White House" (Bellantoni, Washington Times, 6/21).