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Rudy Giuliani Watch: Rudy’s Commitment to Health Care

Republican presidential hopeful, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, surprised shoppers by making a campaitgn stop at R.M. Heath Market in Moultonborough, N.H., Monday, July 30, 2007.

In a press release from the Giuliani campaign:

In remarks today at a town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire, Mayor Rudy Giuliani will further detail his 12 Commitments to the American People by unveiling his commitment to give Americans more control over, and access to, health care.

To increase the quality, affordability, and portability of health care, the Mayor will reform the current system by using free-market solutions that facilitate consumer-driven health care and end failed big-government mandates and wasteful administrative bureaucracies.

More of the details of Giuliani’s commitment are here:

Hizzoner favors a free market approach which uses changes in the tax code to shift health insurance from an employer based model to one where individuals will have financial incentives to purchase their own insurance.

The Mayor’s proposal also has (among others):

1. Improve and expand Health Savings Accounts

2. Reform of the Medical Liability Legal System

3. Eliminate State mandates to assure lower cost insurance options

This is a interesting and innovative proposal that needs further study.

The goals are worthwhile but a massive shift from the current employer-based model may create anxiety among voters who already have good health care insurance. This anxiety about Hillary Care in Bill Clinton’s first term helped deliver up a GOP take over of the Congress two years after his election.

Of course, the universal mandated government health care as proposed by the Democrats is far more ominous. As a campaign contrast, then, this is a good start for discussion.

Note: No other GOP candidates have proposed ANY healthcare reform measures during this Presidential campaign – not even Mitt Romney who as Governor of Massachusetts promoted mandatory health insurance.

John Harwood from CNBC today on Rudy’s Plan for Health Care:


Here is Rudy describing his health care reform plan in Iowa a few days ago:



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