Fort Dodge, Ia. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Thursday said he planned to propose a universal health care plan soon that includes federal subsidies for uninsured Americans, but he declined to say whether he expected the developing plan to require a tax increase.
The Illinois senator said during stops in the northern part of the leadoff caucus state that he expected to present in the next several weeks a specific agenda aimed at making sure all Americans were covered by health insurance by 2012.
Kathy Graves of Estherville said she would support a candidate who proposes raising taxes for health care because she believes it will save money over time.
"With his ideas on savings and inefficiencies, a tax increase for the rest would be well worth it," said Graves, a college professor and uncommitted Democrat leaning toward Edwards.
Obama is scheduled to cap his three-day swing through Iowa with stops in Colo and Marshalltown.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Obama: "Health system revamp could help pay for more coverage"
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