(Editor's Note: Richardson dropped out of the presidential race for the Democratic nomination after finishing fourth place twice, with 2 percent of the delegate in the Iowa caucus and 5 percent of the delegate in the New Hampshire primary. Read an explanation on his campaign Web site.)
Working families and small businesses will be able to purchase coverage through the same plan that members of Congress enjoy. Everyone who needs coverage will get an advance refundable tax credit based on income. Everyone will be required to have health insurance coverage and employers will pay their fair share.
Richardson's campaign Web site: Health Care
Bill Richardson's health care plan to achieve affordable coverage for all will cost an estimated $104 billion to $110 billion, but he also has plans to shave $110 billion from the existing budget by streamlining health care administration and investing in preventive services.
YouTube video: Richardson's National Health Care Plan
Richardson speaks March 2007 in Las Vegas about his health care plan to the Service Employees International Union and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
Las Vegas Sun (3-25-07): Hopefuls - logical, energetic, battle-ready
Candidates speak about health care issues.
Washington Post (3-25-07): At forum, Democrats differ on health care
Funding Plans Include Raising Taxes, Ending War, Reshaping the Insurance System
-- Las Vegas Sun new media managing editor Dave Toplikar contributed to this report.