"...plan includes an individual mandate to ensure universal coverage, offers all Americans access to the same menu of regulated private insurance options that members of Congress use, creates a new public insurer based off of Medicare that anyone can buy into, bars the insurance companies from price discriminating based on preexisting conditions, and uses refundable tax credits to limit the percentage of a family's income that health costs can consume ..."
Admittedly I don't know much about the details yet but it sure seems to me that the aim of the Edwards, and now HRC plans, is to make private insurance available on-top of universal health plan for those that can't afford the premiums we pay now. That seems like a good way to get around some of the arguments (the delays in treatment) that are made when talking about the universal health care the rest of the modern world has.
Maybe I'm totally naive and this is the evil socialism. Educate me, please.
Oh, and regarding that oft-repeated quote that proves HRC is a socialist: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."... Here is the context in which that quote and others attributed to her have been made. Stupid context, always getting in the way of a perfectly good slam.
One note here, HRC is my least favorite candidate on the Democratic side. I think she'll be divisive no matter what she does and that isn't really the best thing right now. However, I also believe more crap has been flung at her than any of the other candidates to date and a lot of it is misleading or not true, as the above paragraph illustrates. Not that this doesn't happen to all candidates, but her in particular.
"Free and responsible government by popular consent just can't exist without an informed public." --Bill Moyers