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After months of provocation, Mayor Giuliani has finally responded to Governor Romney’s attacks. Sadly, one of his counter-attacks misses the mark, badly.
â€œThe one thing heâ€™s known for is health care,â€ Giuliani said, referring to Romneyâ€™s signature initiative aimed at insuring all Massachusetts citizens. â€œAnd the health care is the thing heâ€™s now abandoned for the rest of the country. It contained a very big mistake, which he realizes is a very big mistake, the mandate.â€
The Massachusetts health care plan compels citizens to sign up for their choice of coverage and levies what Giuliani deemed â€œa taxâ€ on those who donâ€™t. The health care proposal Romney has laid out in the presidential contest includes no such mandate.
â€œThatâ€™s not the way to expand health care,â€ Giuliani continued. â€œThe way to expand health care is through the program that Iâ€™ve talked about, which Mitt Romney has now adopted.â€
While I previously applauded Giuliani on health care, here Rudy misses the point of insurance: the pooling of risk. Better and better bioscience, however, will reveal more and more risk, either allowing health care companeis to discriminate against the riskier, or allowing the less risky to opt-out of the system all together, or both. While this has always happened, this will be happening with a far higher degree of precision in the future as the cost of genome sequencing falls to around a thousand dollars.