Elizabeth Edwards Sees Clinton as Copycat

By Jake Whitman

Sep 20, 2007 12:39am

ABC News’ Eloise Harper and Raelyn Johnson Report: Elizabeth Edwards has a very simple summary of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan:  “John Edwards’ health care plan as delivered by Hillary Clinton,” said Elizabeth in an interview with the Associated Press.

When asked if Sen. Clinton’s plan, which came out on Monday with a  blockbuster debut seemed familiar to her, Edwards responded, “Mrs. Clinton has seven and a half months after John unveiled his health care plan – unveiled a health care plan this in every material respect just like John’s.”

It seems that Elizabeth and John Edwards are now essentially united in calling Clinton a copycat.  “I’m glad that today, the architect of the 1993 plan has another care proposal – and if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I’m flattered,” said Edwards Monday, hours before Clinton announced her plan in Iowa.

Edwards has prided himself on being the first presidential candidate to have a universal healthcare plan.  It’s something his wife takes pride in as well. 

“We would have expected her to be the first one out of the box, not the last one out of the box with a health care plan," said Elizabeth to the Associated Press. "And then for her to come up with one that looks like John’s, it’s almost as if she hasn’t been willing to have the courage independently to be a leader on these things."

In response to Elizabeth’s comments, Clinton spokesman Zac Wright issued a statement to ABC News saying, "Nobody has worked harder or longer to improve health care in America than Hillary Clinton. From improving rural health care in Arkansas to creating the SCHIP Children’s Health Insurance program which now covers six million children, Hillary has the strength and experience to ensure that every man, woman and child in America has quality, affordable healthcare."

For certain, there are at least two people, who differ in opinion.

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