Rudy Giuliani (R)
Released health care plan? No
Health care stance: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has not yet released a health care plan, but believes in individually purchased private insurance policies. Giuliani has publicly spoken of a future health care plan proposal, which will include tax deductions for citizens to buy their own health insurance.
The following is an excerpt from the CNN Republican Debates held on June 5, 2007.
"The problem with our health insurance is, it's government and employer-dominated. People don't make individual choices. It's your health. You should own your health insurance.
"We should be giving you a major tax deduction, $15,000 for a family, so you can buy your own health insurance. If you buy health insurance for $8,000 or $9,000, you'll save $5,000 or $6,000 in tax- free money.
"Then we should have a health savings account, in which you can put some money aside to pay for your ordinary medical expenses.
"And the reality is that we need a free market...It will bring down the cost of health insurance. It will bring down the cost of prescription medicines.
"Free-market principles are the only things that reduce costs and improve quality. Socialized medicine will ruin medicine in the United States." -CNN
Links, articles and more information:
The Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans: A First Look, September 26, 2007
Karen Davis and Sara Collins, president and vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, review the health plans of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. They point out the similarities in three democratic plans, explaining that all three would expand coverage by pooling risk in large groups, generating efficiencies through employer-based coverage, and building on the success of public programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.
They find some similarities in the Republicans' plans as well: both Romney and Giuliani would rely on tax incentives to induce consumers to purchase individual insurance coverage--now the weakest part of the insurance market. They would eliminate much state regulation of private insurance, and try to expand coverage without committing to new federal budget outlays.
The July/August 2007 issue of the The Commonwealth Fund's States in Action: A Bimonthly Look at Innovations in Health Policy includes the health care reform proposals of Rudy Giuliani and Barack Obama.
A Newsday article by Craig Gordon summarizes Giuliani's health care proposal. The article is titled "Giuliani to offer his health care plan" and was published on June 8, 2007.
Track Giuliani's campaign funding at The Center for Responsive Politics' Race for the White House Web site.