Thursday, November 15, 2007

Candidate Review - Health Care - Rudy Giuliani

Well Giuliani isn't going to be accused of being a Socialist either. It is interesting how many Conservatives treat the inaccessibility of medical care to sick people as if it were a simple consumer problem, almost on the level of an inconvenience.
"America is at a crossroads when it comes to our health care. All Americans want to increase the quality, affordability and portability of health care. Most Republicans believe in free-market solutions to the challenges we face. I believe we can reduce costs and improve the quality of care by increasing competition. We can do it through tax cuts, not tax hikes. We can do it by empowering patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats. That's the American way to reform health care."
A lot of Americans want access to health care, not just increases in quality and portability. And a lot of Americans aren't comfortable with the idea that life saving medical procedures are the province of a chosen few.

But that's the problem that Republicans have with this issue; they are fundamentally in favor of the system we currently have, although perhaps with even less government involvement (Giuliani mentions reforming the FDA for example).

He mentioned Tort Reform, which Tancredo mentioned as well, but which hasn't been a big stand out. Which I have to admit I find a little surprising. Tort Reform has been a big republican issue for years, I'm surprised they aren't hitting it harder.

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