Elizabeth Edwards is stepping up criticism of Sen. Hillary Clinton's support for universal health care.
Edwards, the wife of presidential candidate John, claims Hillary and her husband Bill abandoned their effort for a universal health care plan in the 1990s to concentrate on pushing for ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Rob Christensen reports.
"They lost the fight in 1993, pulled it out because they wanted to use their political capital to get NAFTA passed as opposed to universal health care in '94," she told The New York Daily News.
She said Clinton's health care plan is nearly identical to the one her husband unveiled early this year, with one exception: Clinton would negotiate with the insurance companies.
"We think that's the wrong direction to go," Edwards said of negotiations.
Elizabeth Edwards, who is fighting cancer, has been hammering away at Clinton's health care plan since the New York senator introduced it last week.
Tying health care to NAFTA also has the advantage of helping Edwards with the labor vote which he is avidly courting.