Rudy Giuliani Quotes on Universal Healthcare

Quotes by Rudy Giuliani on the subject of universal healthcare.

"The first priority in dealing with the universe of people who are not enrolled in health insurance is to enroll as many children as possible. All city agencies are going to be mobilized. This is something that in a city like ours, if we can do this, becomes a model for the rest of this country for how to get people covered on the available health programs that exist before we go around inventing new ones." - 2000, during an address to the New York City Counciil

"Democrats want universal health care, collective responsibility — honestly, it’s their version of socialized medicine." - March 2007, at a fundraiser at the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco

"I don’t like mandates. I don’t like mandating health care. I don’t like it because it erodes what makes health care work in this country - the free market, the profit motive. A mandate takes choice away from people. We’ve got to let people make choices. We’ve got to let them take the risk - do they want to be covered? Do they want health insurance? Because ultimately, if they don’t, well, then, they may not be taken care of. I suppose that’s difficult. The minute you start mandating, you always end up with more expensive government programs." - March 2007, at a fundraiser at the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco

"They're moving toward socialized medicine so fast, it'll make your head spin ... When we want to cover poor people, as we should, we give them vouchers." - April 27, 2007, responding to discussion about healthcare in the Democratic primary debate the night before

"I would change the whole model that we have for health insurance in this country. 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 need 100 million Americans making different decisions that 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 cost and improve quality." - June 3, 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College

"We've got to do it the American way. The American way is not single-payer, government-controlled anything. That's a European way of doing something; that's frankly a socialist way of doing something. That's why when you hear Democrats in particular talk about single-mandated health care, universal health care, what they're talking about is socialized medicine." - July 31, 2007, at a town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire

"John Edwards says 'I'm just going to take all these people and I'm going to cover them in Medicaid.' Well, OK, fine, that's socialized medicine. If you want a system like England has, if you want a system like Canada has, if you want a system like Cuba has, that's where we're headed." - July 31, 2007, at a media event in Rochester, New Hampshire

"Sarkozy is on an airplane headed to the United States, and Hillary and Barack and John Edwards are on an airplane headed to France. They are looking for the socialist solution they have in Europe, and Sarkozy is looking for the free-market private solutions that work so well in the United States." - July 31, 2007, at a media event in Rochester, New Hampshire

"My chance of surviving prostate cancer -- and thank God I was cured of it -- in the United States? Eighty-two percent. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England? Only 44 percent, under socialized medicine." - 2007 radio ad

Posted by Tracy on November 23, 2007 4:13 PM | DIGG | | furl


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