Monday, June 02, 2008

Obama channels Elizabeth Edwards

I may be a bit behind the curve here, but it looks like in his latest stump speech Obama has taken a leaf from Elizabeth Edwards' book. His concise litany of McCain's economic inadequacies includes a quick swipe at McCain's healthcare plan:
Senator McCain wants to double down on the Bush economic plan. Rather than reforming an unfair tax system and offering the middle class some relief, he's offering more tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy we just can't afford. Rather than making health care affordable for every American, like I've proposed, he's offering a health care plan that puts coverage at risk and that's designed for folks who are already healthy and able to afford health care at any price. And rather than standing up for robust trade that works for all Americans, as I do, he's supporting more trade deals that work for Wall Street, but not for Main Street. And rather than standing up for robust trade that works for all Americans, as I do, he's supporting more trade deals that work for Wall Street, but not for Main Street.
It was Elizabeth Edwards, of course, who pointed out that under the McCain plan, which relies on tax breaks to enable all of us to purchase healthcare on the open market, neither she nor McCain would be able to buy an affordable plan, because both have pre-existing conditions. Word is, too, that Ms. Edwards prefers Clinton's healthcare plan to Obama's (and possibly Clinton herself as candidate). Perhaps this talking point does double-duty -- bow to Elizabeth, swipe at McCain.

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