September 17th, 2007
04:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani blasts 'HillaryCare'

Giuliani criticized Clinton's health care plan Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighed in on Sen. Hillary Clinton's, D-New York, proposed universal health care plan Monday, criticizing its "government command and control."

"Let’s not have HillaryCare – Hillary in charge of our health care," he told reporters in Florida. "Let’s put people in charge of our health care. And the reality is the only thing that brings down cost and increases quality is a large consumer market, not government command and control."

"Government command and control only increases costs and decreases quality," he added.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. christian, selden, ny

    yea my $1300 a month health care plan is sooo easy for me to pay and my $25 co-pay anytime me, my wife and my son go to the doctor is wonderful and the $30 i pay for prescription is greeeeeeat. 16k a year for health insurance plus co pays and prescription costs and they still wont cover everything....i get letters in the mail telling me they wont cover this because its experimental or it might be pre-existing and im paying out the rear for this service. yea why would we need a new plan. giuliani i can really tell you are about the dont care about special interests right because this system is doing just a bang up job. it must be nice to be rich and not have to worry about the small things like money. when you have to hide the fact that your wife is pregnant because your insurance is not kicking in for a month and you dont want the insurance company to consider it pre-existing i think the people are the last thing on these insurance companies minds..and if a candidate is siding with this broken system i know my vote will stay faaar away from that candidate. hillary wants to change the system im all for it. giuliani can stick with his rich buddies and their interests i'll be over here working everyday for my family and voting for their interests

    September 17, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Rose Hann New London, CT

    Perhaps Giuliani's time would be better spent with his children who don't want their father to be president. He is not presidential material. He is afraid of Senator Clinton, because she doesn't waste her time on Giuliani's rantings. I still think he needs speech lessons for that horible impetiment. Married three times, oh yeah, just the role model America needs!

    September 17, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Christian, Tampa FL

    Giuliani is a middle-schooler.

    September 17, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Connie, Tn.

    He did such a great job of insuring everybody in New York City when he was Mayor. What a laugh! He wouldn't know an original idea if it bit him.

    September 17, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. David, Encinitas, CA

    What's with this guy? All he does is criticize. I don't especially like Hilary Clinton's plan, but at least she's proposing some kind of change. That's much more than he can say.

    Christian in NY – I hear you, man. We spend so much in this country on health care and what do we get for it? Just more bills and then denial of coverage.

    Giuliani, like most of these candidates is so out of touch it's ridiculous.

    September 17, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Carmen, Miami FL

    Ignoring Hilary's plan for a second...where's Giuliani's? Someone needs to tell the Republicans that a campaign whose foundation lies in bashing Hilary without producing ideas of their own isn't going to win them anything.

    September 17, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Geez Rudy, enough with Hillary already! ...or is wife #3 just not doing it for you anymore?

    Why don't you concentrate on telling us how you're going to fix the HUGE mess we're in or do you think everything's just hunky-dory?

    September 17, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Paul M., San Jose, CA

    Is it a fair system that healthy people pay for sick people? Shouldn't people be rewarded for living a healthy life and not be punished for those that are sick? Any government system will be less efficient and more costly than a private plan. Why would I want any form of universal healthcare that prevents me from seeing my regular doctor?

    September 17, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Giuliani does have a healthcare plan, it's just not covered by CNN. So does Obama, Edwards...etc.

    September 17, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Dave, Madison, WI

    Mr. Giuliani- I would love to manage my own health care, but I don't have any. Thanks for nothing.

    September 17, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Does anyone get it? More government involvement in healthcare means it becomes another talking point to get politicians elected…kind of like the millions of dollars spent to build the multi, multi, multi-million dollar bridge in Alaska to serve 50 people. (I'm not going to quote an exact # here, like most posters or mass media would to prove my point) Bottom line is all US kids should be covered with healthcare (not sure most aren't between state and federal programs) How long are we going to let politicians decide who gets the "pork", "earmarks", etc before the US Public has had enough? On some level, as a free society, this comes back on us…At what point do we decide health insurance for the US public is more important than the pork dollars our given US congressman or senator delivers? As for the US not having great healthcare…must be why every sick world leader is beating down the door to get healthcare here…i.e. Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, et. al. The quality isn't goofed up like in most countries around the world, just the number covered…Can't we solve this problem of getting more covered without destroying quality and independece of healthcare? I'm not sure I want a politician figuring out how to shift that equation…THEY got us to this point.

    September 17, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. bprossersme

    Of course, Giuliani knows Hillary's plans are Communistic. Most people with an iq over 95 know that!

    September 17, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Alex, Valpariso, Indiana

    All HillaryCare is going to do is bring down the quality of Health Care. America is built on a Free Enterprise system not the government. We need to put the people in charge of health care. Individuals will purchase health insurance directly and the cost will go lower. It can and it will, supply and demand.

    September 17, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    So glad I'm a Canadian.

    I have no up front fees for my Medicare
    Program. And I only pay from 6 to 12 dollars per perscription, I dont' pay a cent for a Doctor's Visit, XRay, MRI, C-Scan, Ultra Sounds, Births, Maternity Check ups, Surgeries, Blood Work, Hospital Stays, or Specialist Visits or Treatments.

    I pay $100. per month for extra coverage which pays 80% on dental, 50% on eye exams and up to $150 on eyewear, 80% on Physiotherapy, 50% on massage therapy, chiropractics, speech therapists, Dietician Services, orthotics, etc. and covers me for a semi-private hospital room should I be hospitalized.

    September 17, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. GB Indianapolis, IN

    How's he gonna spin this one into: "see, that's why we need a tamper-proof national ID card, to protect US. US?? This man's a joke, and his record as mayor was not that great. Remember, he bailed out of the senate race against then newcomer Hill Clinton. He knows he can't beat her which means the GOP is in trouble unless they get RP in there!!!

    September 17, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. Robert Austin, Texas

    Guiliani and the republican reaction to Hillary's health plan is stupid and ridiculous. It's no more a government-run health plan than the man on the moon. (By the way, getting a man on the moon WAS a government in action.)

    September 17, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |


    September 18, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  18. John Luma, Moorpark, CA

    Rudy G. had better wake up to this issue and all the other "hot button" issues of this Presidential election.

    In 2008 "It's the health care, stupid."

    He and everyone else can pick apart each candidate's specific plan and probably make all the criticisms sound reasonable. But deep in the heart of America beats a painful and undying disgust at what we know exists - a health care system that supports the pharmaceutical and medical industry's high profit margins while it ignores the crying need and citizen's basic right to affordable health care. FOR ALL. With few restrictions.

    Sorry, folks, call it massive entitlement if you want. But it's money far more wisely spent than the same massive entitlement our elected leaders have given to the rich and the corporations with tax and investment breaks. Sorry, it's payback time.

    So listen to the congested heartbeat of America, my Dems and 'Publicans. This issue separates the insensitive and disconnected pols from those who are in touch with the people. I predict, any politician who opposes or curtails this universal entitlement for all in 2008, will lose.

    Sadly, we have many other issues that need this same clarity, sensitivity and priority by our citizens - such as educating the bottom half of our students to success. But in 2008, health care will be the whole enchilada.

    September 18, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. Len, sparks nv

    Guiliani doesn't have any real health care plan. His is the tough luck option... because very few would get any help and he just says, that too bad.

    September 18, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  20. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Hey Giuliani, instead of shooting your mouth, show us YOUR wonderful healthcare plan. Are you planning to base your entire campaign on 9/11 and bashing Hillary? Pathetic......

    September 18, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  21. Sam, IA

    You betcha Rudy. Spoken like a guy who has been latched onto the government teat all his life. My question to you. If this universal healthcare is such a bad thing , why is it that the american taxpayers, many uninsured, are paying for universal healthcare for the oilrich Iraqis? Typical republican thinking. It doesn't have to make sense. It just has to sell on Fox and hate radio.

    September 18, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  22. mve, nc

    Health care is not a constitutional right, then I am not surprised that Hillary and the libs do not care about the constitution. The Libs\democrats sound like Hugo Chavez. We need less government and TERM LIMITS. ******WE NEED TERM LIMITS*****

    September 18, 2007 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  23. Moe, NY

    It appears to me that Giuliani is all about the almighty dollar and big business. While, on the other hand, Hillary is about saving lives. Health care in this country should not be for the rich only! The pharmacutical companies, insurance companies, and the AMA need to be brought under control as these companies/associations are only interested in the...need I say it?...almighty dollar! The system is broken and over 46 million (at last count) americans are without health insurance coverage. How would Mr. Giuliani like to be without coverage? Maybe he would be singing a different tune if that were the case! I for one, am sick and tired of the republican disregard for american citizens. If the present administration would cut down on its horrendous out of control spending, and stop sending the american taxpayers money out of this country then insurance coverage for all americans would not be an issue. The health care plans in Canada and France do work...regardless of what our present leaders are telling us!

    September 18, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  24. Chip Celina OH

    "Someone needs to tell the Republicans that a campaign whose foundation lies in bashing Hillary without producing ideas of their own isn't going to win them anything."

    They do have more substance than just bashing Hillary. The problem is, you have to take the impetus to go find it. The main media outlets are only going to cover the mudslinging on either side and Hillary is pretty much the centerpiece of the press coverage because she's the 'frontrunner' and a woman. Her election would be historic so she gets the hype that goes along with it. The media also know that the mudslinging is what gets everyone fired up and we'll all tune in to get the juicy gossip of the day. Anymore, politics in this country has become tabloid. Read this 'Ticker' blog closely. There are some excellent posts that discuss merits of candidates but many are (and I'm guilty as well at times) emotionally driven and totally devoid of logic.

    Let's face it, if most of us were to meet the candidates in person and have an opportunity to talk one on one, most would be civil conversations where you could probe them for answers and be able to formulate your assessment of their capability for the office they seek. But, we've been reduced to sound-bites. These debates they have are a joke most times. In several instances, the questions are as long as the time given to respond. Then you have 8 or 9 people up there trying to do the Mr. Universe body-builder pose off to win your vote. We don't get in-depth answers or any kind of insight because it has to be all shrinkwrapped. Would the American public sit down for a 6 hour marathon? Or would we watch 2 1/2 hours of candidate A vs candidate B, then the next week tune in to watch candidate C and D square off?

    Most folks would flip the channel and watch Judge Wapner to get their daily dose of how the judicial branch should operate.

    How bad is it when you can't name the district attorney where you live and the circuit court judge but you know that Fred Thompson was the DA on Law & Order and Judge Joe Brown runs a small claims court.

    September 18, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  25. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    This coming from the man who did such a good job of ensuring the health and safety of the rescue workers and clean up crews at the World Trade Center site. Good Job Rudy. I know I'd want to put MY heath in your hands!

    September 18, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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