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‘Morning Joe’ Ignores McCain Health Care Plan After Promising Elizabeth Edwards To Ask Him About It

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Yesterday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosted Elizabeth Edwards to discuss her argument that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) health care plan would leave both him and Elizabeth “outside the clinic doors.”

Hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski seemed to take the issue seriously, with Scarborough saying that the health care debate is “at the center of what Americans are talking about.” When Edwards explained that McCain’s plan would shut both him and Edwards out because of the cancer they’d both suffered, Brezizinski replied, “We’ll have to ask him about that…we’ll dig at him tomorrow.”

Viewers hoping for clarification on this major issue would have been disappointed with McCain’s “Morning Joe” interview. During the 10 minute-plus interview, none of the three hosts asked McCain anything about his health care plan. They did find time, however, to ask about his endorsement from Heidi Montag, star of MTV’s “The Hills,” and about how he deals with “ruthless” jokes from late-night comedians. Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/04/mccainscarqs.320.240.flv]

Asking McCain about his health care plan would have been a timely issue. Just today, the Boston Globe reported that McCain’s aides “have been scrambling” to work out the specifics of their health care plan, particularly on the question of covering people with preexisting conditions:

“These are real questions, and I think there will be answers, and there better be, but they are not there yet,” said McCain adviser Thomas P. Miller, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “A lot more remains to be hammered out.” [...]

We are working on it,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain’s top policy adviser. “We’ll put out more details. As we do, it will be clearer to people.”

Holtz-Eakin accused Edwards of “not understand[ing] the comprehensive nature of the senator’s proposal.” Yet it’s Holtz-Eakin and the McCain campaign who are confused. And few in the media are willing to demand Straight Talk from McCain.

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