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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Clarification from the Edwards campaign on "mandated care"
Posted by Jill | 6:21 AM
Looks like I'm not the only one who went apoplectic over "mandatory preventive care". The campaign has issued a more detailed clarification:

"Senator Edwards believes it is critically important to take preventive steps that help reduce health care costs and prevent disease. The truth is many people do not currently seek medical services because they aren't covered or can't afford to see a doctor. That is why Edwards' universal health care plan would require most insurers to cover preventive measures at low or no cost. Through incentives like lower premiums, the Edwards plan would also encourage people to use preventive health care, from checkups to cancer screenings, which will result in lower costs for both the individual and the country."

This is a far cry from "You must get a mammogram because I say so." Still, I hope the Edwards campaign has learned from this that the way you phrase policy on the stump matters -- especially when you have a media circus bound and determined to make the nomination of Hillary Clinton inevitable.

The full plan (PDF) is here.

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