Giuliani's 'free market' health reforms

Aug. 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM

BOSTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani Friday proposed a "free-market" system to reform the U.S. healthcare system.

"I believe we can reduce costs and improve the quality of care by increasing competition," Giuliani wrote in an opinion piece published in the Boston Globe.

"We can do it through tax cuts, not tax hikes. 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," Giuliani wrote.

Among Giuliani's proposals were a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and tax benefits for people who don't have employer-provided health insurance and put money in a health savings account.

"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," Giuliani wrote. "But the healthcare system is being dragged down by decades of government-imposed mandates, wasteful bureaucracy, and massive distortions in the U.S. tax code that punish self-employed and low-income workers."

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