Democrats are expected to back universal health coverage as part of a broad party platform, hashed out over the weekend, and expected to be in play later this month at their national convention in Denver.
The 186-member platform committee on Saturday drafted a list of Democratic priorities, including language that would guarantee healthcare coverage for every American, which was endorsed by the partys presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, even though it more closely resembles a plan backed by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the one-time contender who will hold sway over a vocal contingent of delegates.
According to the Denver Post, the provision commits the party to affordable, comprehensive healthcare for all Americans, even though its short on details on how to get there. In 2004, the platform called for giving individuals a tax credit to help purchase health coverage, the Post reports.
While largely symbolic, the partys platform nevertheless was shaped by public input and could help set an overarching theme for the convention. -- by Matthew DoBias