updated 9/9/2004 3:20:05 PM ET 2004-09-09T19:20:05

Teresa Heinz Kerry says “only an idiot” would fail to support the health care plan proposed by her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

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Kerry’s proposal includes health care subsidies for children, the unemployed, small companies and others as well as government assistance to insurers and employers that hold down premiums for workers.

Heinz Kerry’s comments came as she discussed with the Intelligencer Journal of Lancaster why she believed lawmakers would support her husband’s health care plan. Republicans control the House and Senate.

“Only an idiot wouldn’t like this,” Heinz Kerry told the newspaper for a story in its Thursday editions. “Of course, there are idiots.”

If Kerry is elected, Heinz Kerry predicted, opponents of his health care plan will be voted out of office. Still, the multimillionaire and philanthropist balked at the idea that she was selling her husband’s plan.

“I don’t have to sell it — the people want it,” she said. “The common man doesn’t look at me as some rich witch. I talk about what I see. It has always been so. You judge people not by their pocketbook but by their actions. Walk the walk.”

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