Jacob Hacker on John Edwards Health Care Plan by Mitch E. Perry

02/09/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Tomorrow Barack Obama is scheduled to officially declare his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.  The Illinois Senator is said to be in the top tier of potential candidates for the nomination, along with New York Senator Hillary Clinton, and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards.

 

All 3 of these candidates have spoken about their plans to address the nearly 47 million Americans without health care in the U.S.  But none has been as explicit as Edwards,

Who wants to cover the uninsured with a combination of regulation and financial aid.

 

Part of his plan requires insurers to sell insurance to everyone at the same price.

 

To those who cannot afford it, Edwards would offer financial aide so they can buy insurance.  To pay for that, he proposes rolling back tax cuts for those who make over $200,000 a year.  

 

People who don’t get insurance from their employers wouldn’t have to individually deal with insurance companies, they’d purchase insurance thru ‘health markets.

 

Jacob Hacker is a professor of Political Science at Yale, and the author of “The Great Risk Shift”, which argues that American incomes have been growing steadily riskier.

 

WMNF spoke with Professor Hacker today.  He acknowledges that Edwards did consult with him on some aspects of  his plan –but Hacker says there are some things he would address differently .  In the first of a 2 part interview, Hacker tells WMNF what these “health markets would be  (roll tape#1 o.q.”to this cost”)

 

That’s Yale Political Science Professor Jacob Hacker, who was consulted by the Edwards campaign before unveiling his Health Care plan earlier this week.

 

Although Marie Cocoa is criticizing the plan, another columnist, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, is praising it.  In the 2nd part of our interview with Jacob Hacker that will air Monday night, WMNF asks Hacker about how Edwards plan deals with the ‘ waste and inefficiency of our current health care system.         

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