Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said his universal healthcare proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.
It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care, he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County (Iowa) Courthouse. If you are going to be in the system, you cant choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.
He noted, for example, that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat the first trace of problem. Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, announced earlier this year that her breast cancer had returned and spread.
Edwards said his mandatory healthcare plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term healthcare. The plan would include mental healthcare as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.
The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death, he said.
The former North Carolina senator said his plan would cost up to $120 billion a year, a cost he proposes covering by ending President Bushs tax cuts to people who make more than $200,000 per year. (Please see Modern Healthcare's Candidate Forum.)-- by the Associated Press
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