Can He Really Take Away Congress' Health Care?

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From CBS News' Aaron Lewis:

BEDFORD, N.H. -- John Edwards just finished speaking to an overflowing crowd at the home of Anthony Peluso.

If there was any question as to whether voters pay attention to TV ads, I've noticed that Edwards is asked at almost every New Hampshire stop about his ad vowing to take away health care from Congress if they don't pass universal healthcare.

"Can you really do that?" they wonder.

Edwards responds every time that he has veto power over the budget (including Congress' healthcare). But he also says that if he submits legislation with this measure, he's sure Democrats would support it. The intent is to identify and single out Republicans who vote against it. He argues that he could make a very strong case with those congressmen's constituents that they are more concerned about their health care than the people they serve.

The point, Edwards adds, is not to take health care coverage from anyone. Instead, his goal is to secure coverage for everyone in America.
  • Aaron Lewis

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