Giuliani Talks Health care in “Chances”

Oct 28, 2007 1:30pm

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds reports: While still not on television with any paid advertisements, the Giuliani campaign continues to churn out radio spots.

Their latest, hitting the airwaves Monday in New Hampshire, is entitled "Chances."

In "Chances", Giuliani, in his own voice, describes his own struggle with prostate cancer as a way of keying off his healthcare plan.

"I had, uh, prostate cancer, five, six years ago," recalls Giuliani. "My chance of surviving prostate cancer and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States, 82%. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England, only 44% under socialized medicine."

Throughout the rest of the ad, Giuliani suggests that citizens should have more control over their choice of health care. Under the Giuliani health care proposal, each family in America would receive a $15,000 tax deduction or a $7,500 individual tax deduction so they can go out and buy their own health insurance.

Giuliani’s theory is that if the health care consumer market is expanded to 50 or 60 million Americans, instead of one that is currently dominated by the government and employers, the cost of health insurance "will come down and the quality will come up."

The campaign is following up the radio ad with a direct mail message that reinforces their healthcare message.

The plan is without a mandate that would place the burden of cost on the federal government and is based on the principles of less government and lower taxes. It is the hope of the campaign that through Giuliani’s health care proposal they will be able to win over a sizeable amount New Hampshire’s independents — 40 percent of registered voters in New Hampshire voters list themselves as independent. Recent polls in New Hampshire have shown that independent list health care ranks as one of their most important issues.

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