Edwards Weighs in on Universal Healthcare Mandate

Nov 26, 2007 8:06pm

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: During a town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire today former Sen. John Edwards D-N.C., took a moment to tell voters how he would mandate universal healthcare, while his rivals spar on the issue.

"Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama have been bickering about their healthcare plans. I don’t want to talk about them, I want to talk about what we need to do for healthcare," said Edwards who in fact went on to talk about them both.

"Sen. Obama has a very creative plan it just doesn’t cover everyone."

Regarding Clinton Edwards noted, "She has a mandate which I think is the right thing to do," adding, "but she has no way to enforse the mandate."

"I’m mandating healthcare for every man woman and child in America and that’s the only way to have real universal healthcare."

"Evertime you go into contact with the helathcare system or the govenment you will be signed up."

During a press avail following the event Edwards reiterated his mandate:

"Basically every time they come into contact with either the healthcare system or the government, whether it’s payment of taxes, school, going to the library, whatever it is they will be signed up."

When asked by a reporter if an individual decided they didn’t want healthcare Edwards quickly responded, "You don’t get that choice."

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