Elizabeth Edwards toured western Iowa yesterday (Wednesday). The focus of her stop in Carroll was the Kerry-Edwards health plan, including reimporting prescription drugs at lower prices than consumers can buy them in the U.S.Edwards says doing that will make the price of drugs come down, because importing the lower-priced products will trigger market forces to bring U.S. prices down to match them. Edwards also addressed Iowa’s last-in-the-nation status for getting Medicare reimbursement for health care for elderly clients.She says while the democrat candidates will fight to change it, the states getting top reimbursement will be fighting to keep Medicare allotments the way they are. Edwards says the Kerry administration’s top priorities would be health care and education without additional spending. She says if it can’t be done and reduce the deficit as well, “we’ll tighten our belt,” because cutting the deficit will be a top priority of a democratic administration. Edwards says people do not have to worry about their taxes going up. While the campaigning has turned uglier in recent weeks, Edwards says Democrats need to maintain the positive campaign tactics that attracted Iowans to Kerry and Edwards during the caucuses. Edwards says it’s important that campaigns not engage in “personal smear,” and not try to make people afraid of President Bush in the way she says they’re trying to make people afraid of John Kerry. Edwards says the campaigns can still legitimately show their clear differences on the issues.
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