John Edwards Demands You Have Healthcare

Trial lawyer and Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards revealed how he will force all Americans to enroll in Edwardscare:

“I’m mandating healthcare for every man woman and child in America and that’s the only way to have real universal healthcare.”

“Evertime you go into contact with the helathcare system or the govenment you will be signed up.”

During a press avail following the event Edwards reiterated his mandate:

“Basically every time they come into contact with either the healthcare system or the government, whether it’s payment of taxes, school, going to the library, whatever it is they will be signed up.”

When asked by a reporter if an individual decided they didn’t want healthcare Edwards quickly responded, “You don’t get that choice.”

Of course the solution to avoid Edwardscare is don’t pay taxes, keep the kids out of government schools, and stay out of government libraries. If you want to go farther to avoid Edwardscare, use gold and silver as currency, become as self-sufficient as possible, and keep enough firepower on hand to defend yourself against all enemies.

Edwards, if elected, may find that he’s unleashed a hornets nest with his little healthcare mandate.

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  • Ron Chusid

    Not only is everyone required to sign up, but he’s also said that he would make preventative care mandatory:

    He never has explain what will happen to those who do not agree to the mandatory care. Some speculated that he would just make people ineligible for his program if they didn’t comply, but it doesn’t look like being outside of his program will be an option.

    He also wants to make it “mandatory” for Congress to pass his bill as he tries to place pressure on Congress to vote his way with threats, forgetting the proper relationship between the Executive Branch and Congress:

  • Thomas

    Its sad how many people in this country actually want what Edwards is proposing.

  • Greg

    Thomas, probably the same amount of people want Edwards healthcare as want evolution banned from schools. That’s why candidates like that do not get elected.

  • David Wilson

    Mandatory health care and universal coverage wont drive up the costs of healthcare even more, I swear it!
    (being facetious)

  • mary13L

    Another complete lack of understanding of a John Edwards policy.

    Mandatory preventive care means that the plan will be required to offer it, not that the patient will be required to have it. Preventive care, dental care, vision care, long-term care – all must be in the plan as available care.

    Mandatory participation means that all people will be required to have coverage. Where is that any different than mandatory auto insurance?

  • David Wilson

    First of all, auto insurance protects the property of individuals from other individuals who otherwise might not be able to pay the costs of repairs in an accident.

    Secondly, how does this argument justify mandatory health insurance?

  • tarran


    Other than the fact you can sell off your cars if the insurance becomes onerous, not much. However, having lived in states where the government both mandated and regulated auto insurance, I fear for my health/pocketbook from this boondogle.

    Make no mistake this system would inevitably lead to a combinations of high costs, lousy care and a stagnation of the medical industry. If John Edwards was truly serious about making high quality health care accessible to all, he would abolish the FDA and publicly shame the AMA for using state licensing boards to create an unconscionable shortage of doctors, and reform/eliminate medicare.

    Either John Edwards has a really flawed economic model in his head, or he is an evil man who wants to profit from making people’s lives more miserable. Personally I don’t care which. I want that guy’s laws kept away from my, my wife’s and my children’s bodies.

  • mary13L

    I can understand being against John Edwards’ policies but I cannot understand the confusion or the misinterpretations of them. But I can accept that it happens.

  • TanGeng

    I don’t think we’re misunderstanding. Rather if you truly believe that we are misunderstanding, you should take a look at Edwards’s statements more closely. If you’re just going to keep saying that then there’s really no talking to you.

    Mandatory car insurance is liability insurance. Home owner insurance is disaster insurance.

    Medical insurance isn’t really insurance. It’s like a health care club membership fee. If you want access to more coverage, you pay more for it. Mandating coverage is artificially inflating demand up to a certain level of coverage. I can’t see how this helps America spend less on health care.

    Furthermore, Edwards has said that you have to go get preventative care and annual checkups. For example, you can’t avoid seeing a doctor for 20 years. You have to get regular mammograms if you are a woman. I’m guessing children will have to be vaccinated. All preventative care is apparently mandatory. “You don’t have a choice.” Some central authority will probably be tasked with deciding the merit and cost effectiveness of all types of preventative care. Count on that that central authority to make some pretty bad decisions somewhere down the line.

    With Edwards our health care system is going to be screwed.

  • TanGeng

    Ahh, I’d love not to pay taxes, keep my children out of government schools, and stay out of libraries. I’d love it if government would leave me alone.

    Alas, if they’d only leave me alone.

  • tkc

    Take Edward’s mandatory healthcare in light of the welfare (non) ruling from the USSC.