July 30th, 2007
01:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani to reveal health care plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will detail his plan to reform the health care system on Tuesday, continuing his campaign to unveil "Twelve Commitments" to the American people, his campaign announced Monday.

"Rudy Giuliani strongly believes in limited government and giving American families more control over their health care decisions,” Steve Goldsmith, Giuliani's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor, said in a statement. “He understands that failed mandates and wasteful, unaccountable bureaucracies lead to the exclusion of millions of Americans from quality care and health insurance.”

Giuliani will reveal his health care policy at a town hall forum in New Hampshire. He will focus on fixing the tax code to help people buy their own insurance, creating incentives for states to come up with new solutions and driving down the cost of health care and prescription drugs, his health care advisors said on a conference call.

Giuliani announced his plan in June to unveil a wide range of policy proposals, called the "Twelve Commitments." As part of that plan, he has already detailed a new energy initiative.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Healthcare • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. RC NYC

    All of you thinking Giuliani is some sort of saviour, be aware he is not.

    And enough of the insurance companies telling us what is in our best interest. For God sakes are you all for real? They need to make money! And they won't make money if doctors decide for them!

    July 31, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Craig, Dallas, TX

    Could not agree with you more Ericka. You hit the nail on the head, too bad not enough people will see and understand those issues until it is far too late.

    July 31, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. A Content Canadian

    To: Outraged Activist"

    You make me chuckle with the usual "everything is better in the US" and "we lead and they will follow" arrogance. Check all the statistics....Americans don't need to "set the tone"for the rest of the world; they need to catch up.In almost every area your country continues to lag behind the rest of the industrialized world except in terms of military might and inept, dangerous foreign policy and you gov't is totally frozen in doing anything positive internally or externally.

    July 31, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Since it is painfully obvious that many of you have already had your fair share of the kool-aid I am probably wasting my breath but oh well, it's fun anyway.

    It's funny, you get a bunch of mad Democrats and show them another Michael Moore "documentary" and suddenly they have an indept understanding of how universal healthcare has affected the economies of countries throughout the world.

    Some of you suggest that we should pattern ourselves after Canada, Western Europe, England and Cuba. Consider the populations of some of those countries. Canada has 32 million, England has 50 million. France has 64 million. And the shining beacon of hope for many of you, thanks to Moore, Cuba has a whopping 11 million. Well friends, if you take the total populations of ALL of those countries and DOUBLE that figure you get close to the TOTAL population of the United States of America. Now, if you can't understand why switching to a universal healthcare system with a population as big as the United States is a bad idea I just don't know what more I can do to help you.

    July 31, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Outraged Political Activist

    Content Canadian,
    Its called sarcasm. I dont believe these things personally, however, many people in this country do. We actually agree. When making an arguement you need to meet people where they are at, thats all I was doing. I know our system sucks and I dont support the whole "stop the domino affect" theory. So stop laughing and read carefully next time.

    July 31, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Run for your lives!

    July 31, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I'm an independent contractor in new york city, no health insurance no benefits, I'm the republican dream, elect this guy and the rest of you will live in my world, pray you don't get sick, I do.

    July 31, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Dan Gilbrech San Mateo California

    Hey Rudy, I believe you don't know what your talking about.

    PLEASE STOP referring to “Universal Healthcare or Single Payor System” AS Socialized Medicine. This is a play on words used to frighten us by ignorant Politicians and those with a vested interest in making money from Insurance Companies. Also, Medicare is not Socialized Medicine either!!!

    The goal of “Universal Healthcare or Single Payor System” is to have a mix of Public and Private financing in order to offer all of us the equal access to quality care by eliminating the Insurance Company middleman who state they don’t practice medicine but every time you turn around they tell you who what and how you can be cared for and that is if you have Healthcare coverage.

    In California, Senator Sheila Kuhel’s SB840 – California Universal Healthcare System (Single Payer)

    In the United States House of Representatives, Representative Conyers Bill – H.R. 676 United States National Health Insurance Act (or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act) (Introduced in House)

    HR676 In General – The health insurance benefits under this Act cover all medically necessary services,
    including at least the following:
    (1) Primary care and prevention. (2) Inpatient care. (3) Outpatient care. (4) Emergency care.(5) Prescription drugs. (6) Durable medical equipment. (7) Long term care. (8) Mental health services.
    (9) The full scope of dental services (other than cosmetic dentistry). (10) Substance abuse treatment services.
    (11) Chiropractic services. (12) Basic vision care and vision correction (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes). (13) Hearing services, including coverage of hearing aids.

    (b) Portability- Such benefits are available through any licensed health care clinician anywhere in the United States that is legally qualified to provide the benefits.
    (c) No Cost-Sharing- No deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing shall be imposed with respect to covered benefits.

    None of the programs offered are 100% free but the dollars spent in tax/fee collection will go towards coverage not profit and in most cases there are no additional cost to us unless we want insurance for things not medically necessary.

    We need to take the Lobbying money out of politics and be free of profit making insurance companies and Pharmaceutical Companies that only think of money first.

    Remember the Insurance & Pharmaceutical Companies are spending a fortune on advertising to show us how they want to protect children (Lowest Risk Coverage) and offer free medicine to a few. (See PHARMA ads with Montel Williams). You could almost bet that for every dime they spend they make at least a dollar.

    Since our taxes are good enough to pay for our Federal, State Employees and Elected Officials then it should be good enough for us. Let’s put everyone on a level playing field and we will have GREAT COVERAGE at a savings.

    If your curious ask a insurance agent what it would cost for the above coverage with no deductibles at your age. Remember pre-existing conditions are ok with the above but probably not ok on an individual private insurance policy. There is no government profit motive just savings.

    Good Luck to all.

    August 1, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
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