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David: Thank you for the post. I think the following question you pose gets to the crux of the matter:
Don’t you think there is something compelling about a candidate who sees this as a contest between socialism and market reforms – and favors the latter?
The question is a bit rhetorical — of course I’m going to find compelling a candidate who favors the market over socialism. The pertinent question is, to what extent does Giuliani favor the market? One thing that struck me about your post was that it quoted at length Giuliani’s remarks but only gave a few sentences to his actual proposal. I’ve been at this business a little too long to put a lot of stock in a candidate’s rhetoric. It is policy where the rubber meets the road.
Suffice at this point to say that it is his policy proposal that I find disappointing. The changes he wants to make in the tax code and the FDA are excellent, no doubt. But beyond that, I don’t see much to get excited about.
Why am I not excited? Well, you’ll have to wait a few days for my piece in the American Spectator on that.
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August 5th, 2007 at 4:33 pm
Who cares about Ghouliani? You should support Ron Paul!
Ron Paul supports private health care:
It’s time to rethink the whole system of HMOs and managed care. This entire unnecessary level of corporatism rakes off profits and worsens the quality of care. But HMOs did not arise in the free market; they are creatures of government interference in health care dating to the 1970s. These non-market institutions have gained control over medical care through collusion between organized medicine, politicians, and drug companies, in an effort to move America toward “free” universal health care.
Only true competition assures that the consumer gets the best deal at the best price possible by putting pressure on the providers. Patients are better served by having options and choices, not new federal bureaucracies and limitations on legal remedies. Such choices and options will arrive only when we unravel the HMO web rooted in old laws, and change the tax code to allow individual Americans to fully deduct all healthcare costs from their taxes, as employers can.
August 10th, 2007 at 8:13 am
I wholeheartedly agree with your last two paragraphs. As for who care about Giuliani, well, he is leading in the polls.