Republican Presidential Candidates Discuss Health Care
NineRepublican presidential candidates on Wednesday during a debate in
During the debate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that he wouldreduce federal spending for health care and other domestic programs by as muchas 15% (AP/Kansas City Star, 12/13). Giuliani also said that hewould seek to provide
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee cited the need to focus on preventive healthcare (Cooper/Luo, New York Times, 12/13).
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that health care costs are"going through the roof" and that "we need to reduce the burdenon middle-income families in this country."
Former Sen. Fred Thompson (
Sen. John McCain (
A CNN transcript of the complete debate is available online (CNN.com, 12/12). Iowa Public Television video highlights and expanded coverage of the debate also are available online (Iowa Public Television, 12/12).
Romney Promises ToAddress Health Care Within Four Years
Romney on Tuesday at a houseparty in
In addition, the Romney campaign has begun to distribute a new mailer in
Editorial ExaminesRomney Record
"During hispresidential run, Mr. Romney continues to move sharply to the right" onhealth care and other issues, according to a Washington Times editorial.
For example, as governor of
According to the editorial, based on his past record, his "major challengein the coming weeks will be persuading more conservatives that he is the mostplausible Republican nominee" (Washington Times, 12/13).
American Public Media's"Marketplace" on Wednesday included acommentary by Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under former PresidentClinton, about the health care proposals of Democratic presidential candidates.According to Reich, the candidates agree on most issues related to health carereform but continue "squabbling" over whether to require individualsto obtain health insurance.
He concludes that, to implement health care reform, "Democrats need tostart building a movement in support of the big and important reforms universalhealth insurance requires -- on which Democrats happen to agree" (Reich,"Marketplace," American Public Media," 12/12).
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