First, John Edwards came out talking about Universal Health Care when no one else would. Then, he came out with the first and ONLY truly Universal Health Care plan by a front-runner on either side. Now, he is detailing his plan for how to TRULY cut costs, not just to talk about it, but how to really do it. And, one of the issues behind his proposals is to take on Big Drug.
Edwards' plan would remove long-term patents for companies that develop breakthrough drugs and then reap large profits because of the monopolies those patents provide, according to a statement by Edwards obtained Wednesday evening.
Edwards said offering cash incentives instead would allow multiple companies to produce those drugs and drive down prices.
Ezra Klein says:
This is a huge deal, undoubtedly the biggest and most transformative health policy idea we've heard during this cycle
Matthew Yglesias says:
I wasn't really as blown away by John Edwards health care as some others I know (it was good, though) but this here is a real game-changer...That's an idea that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
UPDATE after the break.