Friday, August 03, 2007

Rudy Giuliani on health care

Rudy Giuliani doesn't know how many of the currently uninsured will have coverage under his proposed healthcare plan, but he thinks it might not be all of them:

Also, he's clearly not living on the same planet as the rest of us:

He's in Cedar Rapids [median household income $48,ooo], Iowa [median household income $45,000], talking about giving everyone tax exemptions up to $15,000 on their health care costs, and that their health insurance might be $9,000--$8,000--$7,000--$10,000 or it might go as low as $6,000, with $3000 in a health savings acoount.

I'm not sure, but I think the woman who asked him the question: What are the private companies doing to lower our healthcare costs? might just have heard: When I'm President your healthcare is going to cost you one-third of everything you've got.

It's almost too much to hope for, but Rudy Giuliani might be the best secret weapon we've got for winning over hearts and minds to the dread Socialized Medicine. The rest of us aren't making all that much more than the good folks in Iowa.


Steve Bates said...

I wish there were a way Giuliani could be made to live for an extended period of time, say two years, without the privileges and perks of wealth, on an ordinary income, with a typical chance of being insured or not. I'll bet that... nah. Giuliani is an ass; nothing would change his spiel. Yes, of course, we should use Giuliani's nutso health care rhetoric against the whole field of GOP candidates.

Why do I oppose tax credits? Two reasons: one, they will do no good to the poorest among the uninsured; two, once they are in place, self-designated "conservatives" will proclaim the problem solved, and take no further steps toward an actual solution.

hipparchia said...

agree with you 100% on the tax credits.

I'm not sure if i'm reading the woman's reaction correctly or not, but i don't think giuliani's got a clue about what it's like to be in the lower 95% income bracket these days.