Obama Defends Health Plan in Letter to the Editor
Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.), in a Boston Globe letter to the editor writes that a recent Globe editorial, which "stated that my universal health care plan would not cover everyone," is "simply inaccurate."
Obama writes, "Under my plan, the uninsured can buy health care similar to what federal employees have," no one "would be denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions or illnesses," children would be covered, low-income individuals would receive subsidies, and those who change jobs would carry their health insurance with them.
However, according to Obama, a "truly universal plan ... must take unprecedented steps to address the skyrocketing cost of health care." He writes, "If we require people to purchase insurance before we bring down its cost, we'll make a bad problem worse."
He notes that his plan would reduce "the cost of every family's premiums by up to $2,500." Obama concludes, "If we want to cover everyone, we must cut costs for everyone" (Obama, Boston Globe, 6/5).