The one thing John Edwards would make sure of is that veterans got the health care they need. A current tragedy is that of the young man, Jonathan Schultze, who pleaded with the VA for help, and who reported he was feeling suicidal, and who was dismissed without receiving an evaluation and at least temporary meds ... and who then killed himself.
It's a tragedy, and not even as *isolated* tragedy. With universal health care, this young man would not have had to go begging to the VA -- he could have sought care almost anywhere.
John Edwards proposes that the US institute universal health care. At least part of the money could come from the funds that Defense uses to fund dependent health care for service members whose families stay in the US when they are overseas. People married to service members would just have -- health care, like all other citizens. And think of it -- if a good chunk we spend is not paying insurance companies to tell us what we can't do, I suspect that money for the care itself will be more available than some opponents think.