I’m in Rochester, NH with Rudy Giuliani.This morning at a town meeting he’ll describe some new elements of his health care policy, which I described in an article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal.
In an interview with me yesterday, the former New York City mayor described development of the traditionally-anemic market for individually-purchased health insurance policies as the centerpiece of his plan. Through provision of a new tax deduction of up to $15,000 per family, Giuliani said his administration would double the number of Americans buying health coverage on their own to 30 million or more. Past that potential “tipping point,” Giuliani argues, prices for individual policies will markedly decline and allow “millions” of the 45-million Americans who now lack coverage to afford it.
His plan offers no coverage mandate, which distinguishes him both from Democrats and from his Republican rival Mitt Romney, who pushed through a coverage mandate as governor of Massachusetts and who leads in New Hampshire now. But as a result Giuliani concedes his approach may not cover all the 45-million Americans without health insurance.