On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fundannounced that Elizabeth Edwards would join the both organizations as a Senior Fellow, and that she will also be contributing regular posts on health care policy to CAPAF’s Wonk Room. In an interview with the New York Times, Edwards cited the importance of the fight for health care reform, saying “I don’t want to put down the sword until we get the job done.”
Last week, Edwards wrote here that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) health care plan would leave both the him and Edwards herself “outside the clinic doors” because of their preexisting condition — cancer. “Doesn’t your plan really encourage insurers’ plans to compete to avoid people with cancer or other high-cost diseases?” she asked McCain.
Last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Edwards described what she called “a gulf…a solar system of difference” between Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) health care plan and progressive proposals. She also discussed McCain’s enormously regressive corporate tax policies, which dole out nearly $2 billion to the biggest health insurance companies and $3.8 billion to oil companies.
Despite her concerns about the “pressure” of contributing to a hard-hitting news blog, the Wonk Room is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Edwards, and we look forward to the insight and clarity she will offer on this integral issue.