I’m back and forth on John Edwards- some days I like him and some days his annoying Carolina accent makes me want to scream.
Today, however, he’s looking a little better.
No- it’s not the new haircut- it’s because he’s pushing a health care plan that meets the two big criteria for success.
First: “It requires that everybody be covered.”
To make health care affordable for everyone, you need to spread the cost out across the entire population. Twenty-year-olds will often opt out of healthcare because they rarely need it while seventy-year-olds require constant medical- especially if they’ve had little or poor health care while they were younger. If you can keep the twenty-year-olds in the health care pool- then the cost goes down for everyone else.
Second: “It requires that everybody get preventive care.”
It is MUCH cheaper to prevent major medical problems than it is to treat them once they hit. Under the Edwards Plan “If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.”
If he keeps up like this, I might actually be able to look past his accent. Maybe.