THE ANTI-POVERTY CANDIDATE
When Senator John Edwards launched his U.S. Presidential bid last December, he made the announcement in the backyard of Orelia Tyler’s flood-ravaged home in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. "We need to ask Americans to be patriotic about something beyond war," he said.
Since his announcement, the centrepiece of Edwards’ campaign has been an anti-poverty agenda. Some call it a crusade, but Edwards has crafted serious proposals to eradicate poverty in the United States.
For starters, the former Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee has a plan for universal health care. His proposal would require uninsured Americans to buy insurance from a pool of private plans, although an option would exist to buy into a program based on Medicare. Employers would have two choices: Either provide a healthcare package to their workers, or pay into a national fund for the uninsured.