Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says his plan for universal health care would require higher taxes. It also could cost as much as 120 billion dollars a year.
Edwards says on NBC's "Meet the Press" that taxes would have
to be raised to pay for his plan but that everyone must share the
responsibility for it.
Edwards said his plan would aim to provide health care coverage
for the 47 million people who currently lack it. It also would reduce the cost of health care coverage for middle-class families in part by making health care programs more efficient.
One way to free up money for health care coverage would be to
abolish President Bush's tax cuts for people who make more than
200-thousand dollars a year.