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.

  • Here’s a link to the full story- if you’re interested.

  • That old libertarian core is twinged a bit by the words “mandatory preventative care”, so I suppose I can understand why RABid is, well, rabid about this. But as a matter of policy, it makes perfect sense, and getting an annual physical is hardly an imposition on someone, especially if it’s paid for already!

    Not to mention the benefits of feeling better all the time because the little stuff is handled before it becomes big stuff. I ignored a cyst on my back because it wasn’t causing any problems, and while it never turned out to be anything but a cyst of dead cells, when it decided to grow quickly a few years back it was painful. Painful enough that I begged my physician to slice me open sans anesthesia as an emergency measure to drain the thing and relieve the pressure and pain. I should have listened to his suggestion to cut it out earlier – it probably would have saved money (I needed surgery to remove the cyst and fix the hole in my back left by the scalpel cuts), and definitely would have saved me some pain.

  • It’s only mandatory if you want to participate in the program.

    No one is forcing you in.

    But if you CHOOSE to get free health care from the government, then there are some rules that you need to follow.

    It’s an optional service provided by the government with some conditions.

    Just like using government-owned roadways- you need to get a drivers license and follow the rules of the road.

  • Oh, I’m completely on board. This is a good idea.

  • For me, this is THE issue of this campaign and so far, I would have to say, this is the best and most detailed statement that I’ve seen.

    And, I think that Elizabeth Edwards is way cool.

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