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. Rick, Kansas City MO

    "Rudy Giuliani strongly believes in limited government "
    Does anyone believe this?

    July 30, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Thank God! Finally, someone who has an idea for healthcare that doesn't involve economy crippling socialism.

    Funny how the Democrats jump up and down and say they care about American's healthcare, then they turn around and suggest that we should provide free healthcare for all the illegal immigrants and their children.

    Gee, maybe THAT is why our healthcare is in such need of overhaul.

    July 30, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Finally, we get to see a health care plan that puts the power to choose our own health care instead of government choosing it for us. So far this is the only candidate on both sides with a reasonable plan.

    July 30, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Mike, HI

    Considering he hasn't unveiled it yet, it seems a little early to call it a "reasonable plan."

    July 30, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Outraged Political Activist

    People seem to believe that more personal control is always the better choice. But people fail to realize that the average American can’t afford to look out for themselves, literally.

    So what should be done? Should we let our capitalist minds get the best of us, "let the best men and women be taken care of," and for the losers claim "they had an equal chance at the American dream and or health care and its to bad that you blew it."

    I don’t think this is the best route. We need to look beyond ourselves and look towards bettering the nation. Unfortunately not everyone who lives in America truly care about this COUNTRY'S well being and are self centered.

    People also want to bring up the issue of raised taxes and how this is going to kill our economy. I wonder how many lives we could save if we as individuals weren't so self-centered. The same people who shout don't raise my taxes to save fellow Americans are the same people who want to "free" the Iraqis, who really hate us. Are we willing to spend billions on saving others but not ourselves? Those same people are oblivious to the differences in cash flow that will be affected by the decrease in bills towards private insurance companies who charge more for what the pay out, hence there existence. The government could use all of the money gain for taxes to help people. If they aren’t spending it on direct claims it could at least be used for research instead of a CEO’s new Ferrari.

    You critics can say I'm not looking at the big picture. That America needs to set the tone for the rest of the world. We need to stand up and promote what we believe in.

    What better example can we set than taking care of our. You can call that a little self centered if you want but its focus is our nation, not your wallet.

    July 30, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Shockingly we ALREADY have a health care system that puts the power to choose a health care plan in the hands of the individual instead of government. The reality of such a system is the 40 million people who cannot afford the plans being offered.

    Many of the 40 million uninsured and underinsured people are elderly folks enrolled in the Medicare system. Medicare is horribly broken and many medicines are not covered by the program, which is exactly why bus loads of elderly people go to Canada and Mexico each year to buy meds.

    I am not in favor of the socialistic "universal" plans the democrats have nor am I interested in funding the medical needs of immigrants who blatantly break our laws by sneaking into the United States. I am in favor, however, of fixing the bureaucracy called Medicare. I haven't heard a single candidate, republican or democrat, discuss the medical burdens of the elderly.

    July 30, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Kevin Morgan

    Giuliani's plan sounds like it was written by the insurance companies. Adjusting the tax code for the people who don't have insurance won't help them because they don't have enough money to pay for it anyway. It will be another plan that leaves things as they are which is what electing Giulani would amount to anyway.
    Why is Giuliani afraid of the YOU TUBE Debate? Could it be that someone might ask a serious question about his Iraq policy or his psuedo health care reform that would force him to tell the truth?

    July 30, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Josh, St. Paul, MN

    Dan, all of the Republicans support free market health care! You don't even know his plan yet and you say he has a reasonable plan. Brilliant. And I don't believe Giuliani one bit when he says he's in favor of limited government for anything! The man is an authoritarian plain and simple.

    July 30, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Will - Miami, Fl


    Can you please explain why you post this this story was and ignore the story of the Georgetown County South Carolina Republican Party presidential primary straw poll that Dr. Paul came in at 2nd place (well ahead of Giuliani)?

    You people are so dishonest! I can't believe how you refuse to cover this honorable man!

    July 30, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. EC from DC

    But how is he going to connect healthcare with terrorism? Healthcare won't scare us into voting Guiliani, and I haven't heard anything from him but dire predictions should we dare vote Democratic. Could this be a putative second note from the "terror" candidate?

    July 30, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    "He understands that failed mandates and wasteful, unaccountable bureaucracies lead to the exclusion of millions of Americans from quality care and health insurance"

    I noticed that he didn't mention sky rocketing cost of healthcare and the outrageous price of prescription drugs.
    When I was between jobs, I worked over 50 hours a week with a temp. agency who did not have any type of insurance plan for me. I tried to purchase one independently but was denied because at 5'8" and 115lbs, I was considered underweight (even though I have no health related problems). To make matters worse, I was trying to pay down my student loan bills and got saddled with a $2000+ medical bill because I made the mistake of having my blood drawn once for an iron workup due to fatigue (probably due to having a job during the day and a paper route at night). The people who think this system is working are only fooling themselves. People's health and livelihood should NEVER be at the center of a profit driven business. I think our tax dollars would be more WISELY spent in a universal healthcare plan versus unending, illegal wars out in the middle east.

    July 30, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Greg, Phoenix, AZ


    There is NO question that socialized medicine would have drastic consequences on the health of our economy, as well as the health of American citizens. Socialized medicine ONLY bankrupts countries, just as socialism itself does.

    Giuliani seems to understand this better than ALL of the Democratic candidates who are ONLY pandering to the legions of Americans who are concerned (for good reason) with the state of our healthcare system.

    Great job, Rudy!

    July 30, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Scott Austin, TX

    Giuliani health care? That's an oxymoron.

    July 30, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. nogibbons.blogspot.com

    "He will focus on fixing the tax code to help people buy their own insurance.."

    Help people buy the same old unaffordable health care, eh? Nothing like "having the power" to purchase the same old unaffordable heath care when gas is still hovering around $3.00 per gallon.

    I'm not impressed.

    July 30, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. bret, atl, ga

    HAHA... Rick from KC, that was amusing. Yeah, I'm with you man – nobody is buying this stuff from Giuliani. His handlers are really delusional if they think he is convincing in that regard.

    July 30, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. John Schaaf, Long Beach, Ca.

    I saw Giuliani at a recent campaign event and he discussed this topic, and it is the same old tired Republic party rhetoric about "let the market decide"

    The MARKET has decided!

    The MARKET has decided to not insure almost 50 million Americans! The MARKET has decided not to accept those with pre-existing conditions! The MARKET has decided to price it's product so many Americans can't afford it!


    The Republic party doesn't seem to get it that we are in a health insurance crisis, and a $2000 dollar tax credit maenas nothing when a policy costs $10000, and there is no guarantee that they will even accept you if you have the premium!

    Thankfully, the Democratic Party gets it, and that's why you see most of the candidates coming out with their own Universal Health Care Policies. Just another issue where the Republic party is out of step with mainstream America.

    Giuliani's retread of an already failed policy is DOA!

    July 30, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Think about it folks, SOCIALIZED medicine. Our government (the same one you pseudo political activists are always whining about) 1) has FAILED to fix social security; 2) has FAILED to secure our borders and implement a reasonable immigration policy, AND NOW YOU WANT THAT SAME GOVERNMENT TO ENACT A SOCIALIZED MEDICAL HEALTHCARE PROGRAM???

    Any reasonably competant human being could see the logical flaws inherent in such an idea. And to those of you out there that think we need socialized medicine, let's face it, it's time to stop getting all of our political beliefs from CNN and whatever Michael Moore documentary happens to be out in any given year!

    Everyone agrees that our healthcare system needs to be fixed but let's not turn ourselves into a communist country just to get it done.

    July 30, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Each man for himself, send his job to India, give him a communicative disease (now even obesity is declared catching), feed him empty agribusiness food trucked from somewhere in the third world, scare him into depression or rage by constant fear mongering, keep his replacement service job low paying, tax him at a higher rate then anyone with capitol, allow unscrupulous lenders to take anything he can scrape together with sub-prime mortgages and credit card debt, outlaw unions efforts for fair wages and conditions, destroy our oxygen factories (national forests) so someone can rape the public lands for private gain, throw the GIs out because as a disabled veteran they might cost some money, and etc.

    One for all, and all for One: taking care of the shared social needs of each US citizen for the greater good of all in concert with each-other.

    Keeping Joe Q Public afloat or adding to the money coffers of the Mega Rich, at least we know who are Gulliani's friends and who he sees as his slaves.

    I see this as anarchy versus ordered society, the work of the "devil" versus "forces for the common good".

    July 30, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Frank in FL

    A lot of good, insightful comments on here so far, but I still have one burning question:

    WHY is it that many, many people in countries with nationalized health care still prefer to go to private doctors and hospitals? Friends in France and England, cousins in Argentina...they all go to private doctors when the chips are really on the table for serious health issues.

    Sure, under nationalized health care (lets stop calling it Socialized, since we all know thats just an inflammatory term), you won't pay a penny when visiting the ER or the like. What will you think of it when you're waiting two years for that surgery or other specialized medical procedure?

    And the market DOES determine the fairest, most competitive price...but special interests keep the price artificially inflated through contributions and political strong-arming.

    July 30, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Joe in NC

    You say socialized medicine (by which I assume you are refering to any form of universal healthcare) bankrupts countries.
    No country has perfect healthcare system, but I cannot see how Western Europe's economy is crippled.
    Do you have evidence to back up your claim? Don't say the USSR-its economy failed, but it sociallized a lot more industries than just medicine.

    July 30, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Dustin, West Bend WIsconsin

    It's nice to know Rudy is going to create incentives for states to come up with new solutions to drive down the cost of health care and prescription drugs.

    As long as you don't have an idea relating to medical mariujuana that is. This guy is in favor of selling you drugs like Oxycontin to ease your pain, and having the federal government kick down your door, and put you in a government cage if you don't use federally approved drugs, in spite of state law sanctioning the use. So much for "limited government". I can't blame this man for his position, Rudy and his corporation, Giuliani Partners, are paid consultants to Purdue Pharma, makers of oxycontin.

    Medical Marijuana has the capacity to help where other drugs have failed, or work with fewer side effects. Rudy is strictly opposed to any use of this because "there are better alternatives", such as his payor's wildly addictive and expensive drugs (good combo, huh?)

    It is cheap (free) to grow, is safe and has a 5000 year history of use in which no man has died. Oxycontin kills every day.

    This man is a constitution hating pig. Stay away.

    July 30, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. John, Ca.


    We already have socialized medicine it's called Medicare, and for the services it provides it's my understanding that it does it more efficiently than private insurers.

    Obviously, our corporate overlords have already corrupted some out there without even gearing up their inevitable multi-billion dollar campaign to keep the status quo.

    July 30, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Nick From NJ

    "There is NO question that socialized medicine would have drastic consequences on the health of our economy, as well as the health of American citizens. Socialized medicine ONLY bankrupts countries, just as socialism itself does."

    Let's see... Canada. Nope, not bankrupt. In fact, their currency is close to the value of ours and they have a low deficit. What about European countries like England? Nope, not backrupt. Low crime, good health care.

    Here's a tip, try actually knowing what you are talking about before you open your mouth and spew out nonsensical rhetoric without having even the slightest proof.

    July 30, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. John, Wilmington, NC

    Too late, Greg... we already turned into a communist country back when we socialized the police department, fire department, court system, food and drug safety system, road system, army, navy, air force, coast guard, and Marine Corps.

    ...And why are you posting here if you don't trust CNN?

    July 30, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    I have to wonder how many New Yorkers under Guiliani's watch,previously uninsured, received health insurance. If you can't help a city, why submit a plan to help a nation. He's as bad as what we have now. Still riding the coat tails off of 9/11.

    July 31, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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