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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Edwards stumbles with health plan

By Jay Ambrose
Scripps News

Presidential candidate John Edwards has come up with a plan to require all Americans to get health coverage whether they want it or not, companies to provide it or pay for it whether they want to or not and insurers to sell it to you, no matter what.

Oh yes, this man who did about as much as one money-grubbing trial lawyer can do to damage health care in North Carolina, plans to slap people earning $200,000 or more a year with higher taxes to handle the annual cost _ likely underestimated _ of $120 billion.

Are you surprised that the left couldn't be happier? Sorry. That overstates it some. While pleased, many on the left would be happier with a socialized, government-pays-all system of the kind that makes you wait in line for health care in Canada. Edwards had sense enough to keep private insurance companies alive in his plan, but there are serious problems here.


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