FRAMESHOP:FRAMESHOP: EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD

John Edwards' framing of "universal health care" has been the core of his Take Back America speech--his key issue. He is miles out in front on this issue--way ahead of other candidates. What I notice in his framing is that...

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Frameshop, 06/19/2007

John Edwards' framing of "universal health care" has been the core of his Take Back America speech--his key issue.  He is miles out in front on this issue--way ahead of other candidates. 

What I notice in his framing is that he is talking about the problem of American health care as a problem of insurance coverage, a broad logic articulated most clearly by the phrase "every man, woman and child."  Edwards repeated that phrase a half dozen times.

The logic raises a key question:  Should Democrats be talking about people first or insurance first?

The answer: people.    I agree wholeheartedly with Edwards' vision for a type of health care system that folds all Americans into the system.  But I also want to suggest that we always lead with the people frame--health care for progressives is about people first.

Should we talk about money at all?  I wonder if the primary seasons is the time to do that.  Eventually, the Republicans are going to accuse Democrats of socializing medicine and raising taxes.  But they will keep accusing us even if we give them the serial numbers of the bills we will use to pay for better health care. 

So I say ignore the Republican's demands for financial plans and keep the debate framed on the well-being of people.

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