No Health Care For Me Until For Thee

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THE PLANK SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

No Health Care For Me Until For Thee

John Edwards makes a dramatic threat on health care:

And to show Congress just how serious I am, on the first day of my administration, I will submit legislation that ends health care coverage for the president, all members of Congress, and all senior political appointees in both branches of government on July 20th, 2009 - unless we have passed universal health care reform.

It's a clever idea, although Edwards can't take credit for it. This has been a talking point dating back at least to the 1994 HillaryCare debate. And believe it or not, the first to make it in this campaign seems to have been GOP'er Mike Huckabee:

You know, if you want to know how to fix it, I've got a solution. Either give every American the same kind of health care that Congress has, or make Congress have the same kind of health care that every American has.

Meanwhile, freshman Democratic Congressman Steve Kagen of Wisconsin, a practicing physician, has done both these guys one better--he's voluntarily forsaken his federal health coverage. Kagen is just going without any coverage at all. Brave man.

--Michael Crowley

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