"If you don't pass universal health care by July, 2009, I'm going to use my power as president to take your health care away from you. There's no excuse for politicians in Washington having health care when American citizens don't have health care."
Sounds about right to me.
There is something inherently undemocratic about elected representatives not having to live under the same conditions that they impose on everyone else. As corporations nationwide are slithering away from the most efficient, convenient, and cost effective method of providing health care and retirement funds for its workers, the American people seem unable to do the same thing to their employees, the U.S. Congress.
Of all the health care plans proposed by the Democratic presidential candidates, I prefer Dennis Kucinich's (single payer) over all others (and Hillary Clinton's least). But John Edwards's plan will do, if for no other reason than he's electable.