Add Rudy Giuliani to the list of Republicans who are slamming Mitt Romney for his signature achievement — universal healthcare in Massachusetts — and its striking resemblance to President Obama’s healthcare reform, with both of them based on an individual mandate to purchase private health insurance, plus subsidies for people with lower incomes.
“It’s clear the Massachusetts health care plan was a mistake and Mitt should basically say that and explain how he would act differently now,” Giuliani told the New Hampshire Union Leader’s John DiStaso.Romney has tried to deflect this issue by differentiating his state-level program from a wider federal government approach, as in a recent speech: “Our experiment wasn’t perfect–some things worked, some didn’t, and some things I’d change. One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover.”
But that’s not good enough for Rudy, either.
“And, a mandate is a mandate is a mandate is a mandate,” Giuliani also told the Union Leader. “There shouldn’t be a mandate at the national level. There shouldn’t be a mandate at the state level. There shouldn’t be a mandate at the city level. People should get to make their own choices about this and the most important thing to do is to decrease the government’s role in health care and increase the private sector’s role.”
(Via The Hill.)