According to his advisers:
(1) He was first out of the gate with a plan to insure everyone; Clinton's plan borrows heavily from Edwards's.
(2) Edwards has credibility with Iowa voters on domestic policy issues, like health care.
(3) Elizabeth Edwards's health worries provide a subtext and prevent Edwards's opponents from criticizing him too much.
(4) This mantra: "
Edwards said on the first day of his administration he would submit legislation that ends health care coverage for the president, all members of Congress, and all senior political appointees in both branches of government on July 20th, 2009 - unless universal health care legislation that meets four specific, non-negotiable principles has been passed by that date.
" -- In other words, Edwards is bolder than Obama.