Have you sort of had enough of watching a woman in a position to influence the course of important national issues wink and the camera, promise not to answer questions and yell "Drill, baby, drill" to evince her support for an issue? If you are, than Elizabeth Edwards is a breath of fresh wonky air. She joined The American Prospect's Ezra Klein this week in Washington, D.C. to talk about health care in America. Her last outing was at the New Yorker Festival where, despite the hour-long discussion about serious issues, the final question of the panel and the audience was about her personal life. This time, though, it was all about health care, right? Not according to the Washington Post.The Post's story leads off in the following way:
Her hair has grown back, longer and thicker. She needs a hand climbing into the director's chair positioned at the front of the George Washington University auditorium. Look closely: The wedding band is missing.Isn't it just great that Elizabeth Edwards could expound in insane detail about the problems with our current health care system, the intricacies of each candidate's reform plans and what she would do instead or in addition to those plans for an hour and that's the lead of the story? Maybe they could've talked a bit more about her many criticism's of John McCain's health care plan, in which she explains, in depth, that John McCain's tax credit — which would drive many people into the individual market and cause an end to the long-standing practice of employer-sponsored health insurance — won't be budget neutral and the McCainiacs are proposing major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid to pay for it. Or they might have talked about how it would mean most people would pay more taxes by 2013, since while the currently-proposed credit would be enough for most people (unless you have a pre-existing condition like Edwards), with cost-of-living (i.e., inflationary) adjustments to the credit coupled with much higher than cost-of-living adjustments to health insurance premiums (mine went up 15% this year), hardly anyone would be fully covered by McCain's credit in 2013. Or they might have talked more about how it's interesting that she's concerned about Obama's lack of a mandate for small businesses — the mandate McCain insists that Obama has — and why it is that she finds a full mandate so important. If they really wanted something splashy, they could even have talked about her pointed criticism of Palin's obvious lack of familiarity with the issue and how what she suggested in the debates about McCain's health care plan was both demonstrably false and even worse than what McCain was actually proposing. Goodness knows, there was plenty to talk about in terms of what Edwards said about preventative care or the better utilization of information technology within the health care system to fill an article, that's for sure. But for that stuff, the wonks among you will have to watch Pushback's video of the discussion — which is an hour-long palate cleanser for those who miss seeing a woman speak who is both passionate and well-informed. Apparently, the Post thinks it's more important that you admire her for being cuckolded and later appearing in public. Because that was the cool part, obviously. Elizabeth Edwards on Health Care [Pushback] Edwards Emerges From Her Husband's Shadow [Washington Post] Earlier: Elizabeth Edwards: "I Think We Have The Capacity With Great Leadership To Change Things"