Rudy Giuliani on Health Care Fixes in the United States … “Instead of being more like Europe, we need to be more like America”


Affordable and portable healthcare has been a hot button topic issue for far too many SocializedMedicineAmericans. Most if not all Democratic candidates for President believe that socialized medicine is the cure. Most Republicans believe in expanding individual choice and decision-making as a fix. Socialized medicine or government controlled medicine would be a recipe for disaster. If you want an example of a healthcare system run by the government look no further than the numerous stories that have come out regarding VA hospital conditions. People complain about commercial insurance carriers. Do you really want the government making decisions regarding your care? With no recourse on your behalf? Those like Michael Moore exploit the issue, while people like Rudy Giuliani present solutions. Rudy Giuliani has some rather common sense and novel concepts to fixing the ills of our present day healthcare system. One that has been decimated over the years by entirely too much government interference and bureaucracy. Let’s fix it like Americans, not Europeans.

We can do it by empowering patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats. Instead of being more like Europe, we need to be more like America.

America has the best medical care in the world. People come here from around the world to take advantage of our path-breaking medicine and state-of-the-art treatments.

But the healthcare system is being dragged down by decades of government-imposed mandates, wasteful bureaucracy, and massive distortions in the US tax code that punish self-employed and low-income workers. Since 2000, Americans have seen their health insurance costs nearly double. Frivolous lawsuits have led to defensive medicine and doctors leaving the profession. More than 45 million Americans are without health insurance. (Boston Globe)

Over at Power Line is a great article also discussing Rudy Giuliani’s Straight Talk on the fix to the health care system in the United States.

He said that “Government cannot take care of you. You’ve got to take care of yourself.”

He said the marketplace, not the government “nanny state,” needs to do the work of fixing the nation’s health care problems.

UPDATE I: Michael Moore’s cure is worse than what ails American health care

“Sicko” depicts a perfect NHS, the answer to all of our prayers, equipped with pristine and beautiful hospitals, friendly doctors, helpful pharmacists and happy patients, all getting the care they need in a timely manner – and all for free. But the image is inaccurate and Americans should be careful not to fall for it when determining our own priorities when it comes to fixing health care in this country.

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    11 Responses to “Rudy Giuliani on Health Care Fixes in the United States … “Instead of being more like Europe, we need to be more like America””

    1. Compananzi on August 4th, 2007 4:49 pm

      Okay you cheating husband whilst your wife was dying of cancer..Oh I digress…ok empowering the patient and the doctor, comeon the power is in with corporations, who you think will sponsor this joker….one suggestion WAKE the HELL up…follow at least the money trail, this is nothing more then a compaign lure for those that have their brain on fast forward.

    2. strayze on August 4th, 2007 5:49 pm

      I had private insurance, the best money could buy. But no amount of money can bring on medical care once one has a chronic uncommon condition. Insurance suddenly cannot cover it for a variety of reasons. One rapidly discovers that insurance is for the healthy. It works just fine then. I had to go on Soc. Sec. disability to qualify for Medicare. Medicare covers rare conditions that private insurance does not. I have three rare conditions, one that is rapidly fatal if not attended to medically. I am alive today because of Medicare, not because of pricey private insurance.

    3. strayze on August 4th, 2007 5:52 pm

      I hate the idea of being a ward of the state simply because I have a rare disease private insurance will not touch. (see above post)

    4. Scared Monkeys on August 4th, 2007 8:07 pm


      I beg to differ with you. I am a healthcare consultant. There are many things that Medicare does not pay for as well.

      By the way, Medicare is not socialized medicine.


    5. allan k on August 4th, 2007 9:34 pm

      Rankings of World Health Org.

      1 France
      2 Italy
      3 San Marino
      4 Andorra
      5 Malta
      6 Singapore
      7 Spain
      8 Oman
      9 Austria
      10 Japan
      11 Norway
      12 Portugal
      13 Monaco
      14 Greece
      15 Iceland
      16 Luxembourg
      17 Netherlands
      18 United Kingdom
      19 Ireland
      20 Switzerland
      21 Belgium
      22 Colombia
      23 Sweden
      24 Cyprus
      25 Germany
      26 Saudi Arabia
      27 United Arab Emirates
      28 Israel
      29 Morocco
      30 Canada
      31 Finland
      32 Australia
      33 Chile
      34 Denmark
      35 Dominica
      36 Costa Rica
      37 United States of America

    6. Scared Monkeys on August 4th, 2007 9:55 pm

      Allan K,

      How many of those other countries ahead of the US would you go to to have open heart surgery?

      I know the Netherlands, Malta, Oman and Portugal are high on my list … NOT.

      Hell, I would not go to Canada to have it done. The wait alone in Canada to see the surgeo would kill you.


    7. allan k on August 4th, 2007 10:34 pm

      The U. S. health system spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country but ranks 37 out of 191 countries according to its performance, the report finds. The United Kingdom, which spends just six percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on health services, ranks 18th . Several small countries – San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore are rated close behind second- placed Italy.

    8. Robert on August 5th, 2007 3:24 am

      In the Netherlands the system has changed some years ago.
      Today everybody has to have a minimum package of healthcare insurance, thats obligatory for every person. So now all the insurance companies offer this basic insurance package. So all the companies are commercial organisations and there’s no sozial insurance left – which we had here before. And there is a big and healthy competition between the insurance companies to offer the basic plan.
      And look, we don’t do so bad on the list above. But the cost of healthcare will stay a problem for the coming decades because of the increasing number of old people.

    9. strayze on August 5th, 2007 1:59 pm

      There are enormous inefficiencies in health care delivery which don’t have to be were there a system in place. Number one is medical records. For some unknown reason our doctors and hospitals are unable to maintain their records for more than a few years, even a year. This forces everyone to be their own medical librarian, for it’s a certainty that no one else paid to do it can. Medical record fiascos are one of the leading causes of medical errors acc. to Institute of Medicine.

    10. strayze on August 5th, 2007 2:02 pm

      Red, What Medicare cannot cover is clearly laid out. This is not true for the life-threatening rare diseases that private insurance does not cover.

    11. Douglas on February 3rd, 2009 1:58 am

      Scared monkeys, read more on socialized medicine. The United States is taken advantage of because of it’s good health care system, but it is NOT the best. I have not read of someone waiting for an emergency surgery in the time I have been here. It is PRIORITIZED! If there are many people that need surgeries right away, they put the doctors on that right away, just like in AMERICA!!! They do not have a physician still doing a routine body-checkup if he needs to be clamping an artery! They take all available assets and put it to use in the most productive way possible.

      Just because it is (You call it socialized, that may be a proper term but it scares the U.S. public…I’ll use Universal) universal does NOT mean that there are less doctors and they are unable to prioritize. They have the same brains, the same job, the same education, they just get PAID differently.

      SM: Actually you may want to think. You do not think it will mean less dr’s, LOL … when its not a market based industry but rather a salary based on socialism?

      There is a reason why people come to the US from Canada to have treatment of serious illnesses. Social Medicine works for the common cold.

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