In the Arena

How Healthy is Rudy?

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While I think a tax credit system, of the sort Giuliani proposed yesterday, is probably the best way to get to universal health insurance, his plan is defective on three counts:

–it doesn’t mandate that insurance companies cover everyone at the same rate, regardless of pre-existing conditions (community rating).

–it doesn’t mandate that everyone participates in the system.

–it doesn’t seem to be progressive enough, although I haven’t read the fine print. The tax benefits should be on a sliding scale, according to income and refundable to the working poor.