At last week’s South Carolina debate, Democrats, in their quest to form a new megalith to rival such fiscally stable programs as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, were universal in their support for the creation of a gargantuan health care program. Agree with them or not, some candidates actually presented plans on how to achieve their goals. Such a move is often risky this early in the electoral season, as rivals may steal or slam ideas, depending on what the polls think of them.

John Edwards has proposed mandatory insurance for everyone. Barack Obama suggested offering a plan to the uninsured that would be similar to what federal employees receive. Obama’s plan would also “provide government-funded catastrophic insurance to prevent business from going bankrupt when they offer health insurance.” Well, at least he admits that his plan would be too expensive.

Hillary Clinton, always eager to tell voters what she thinks they want to hear, and possibly not liking the idea that many of them want her to say she is no longer running, declined to provide any details of how she would address the issue.

Rudy Giuliani, who has been called too liberal to appeal to the conservative Republican base, took the opportunity to show he is not crazy liberal.

The former New York City mayor, responding to comments in the first Democratic primary debate Thursday night, claimed Democrats favor “mandatory” universal health care and the plans would only exacerbate the cost of care by putting the system in the hands of bureaucrats.

“They’re moving toward socialized medicine so fast, it’ll make your head spin,” Giuliani said, adding that private solutions could help bring down the cost of care.

John Edwards, as stagnant in the polls as every strand of hair on his head, and still hoping his “two Americas” declaration is going to resonate somewhere, suggested that, “Rudy Giuliani needs to put an end to his campaign to divide America and concentrate on offering solutions to the big challenges we face.” Edwards was eerily silent on how to combat the plague of lawyers and their hand in the escalating costs of medical insurance and health care.


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