Carol Platt Liebau: First Principles from Rudy

Sunday, August 05, 2007

First Principles from Rudy

This is guest blogger Wile E Coyote.

Rudy Giuliani recently published an op-ed setting out on a high-level his approach to health care. Much has been written about his approach, but the original is worth reading. Whether you like his ideas or not, whether you like the candidate or not, note his method of arguing from first principles.

(Thinking and) arguing from first principles is something Reagan did. It shows, first of all, that the candidate has such principles and helps the voter understand how the candidate, if elected, will react to the unexpected.

UPDATE: Wile E.: I embedded the link. I hope you don't mind. Ruth Anne :)


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...


Keep blogging pal. If you can't keep it up here then form your own blog. You have some very interesting things to say.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Thanks for the compliment.

I have a personal services contract with Acme blogging, a whole owned subsidiary of

No spinout is planned, but it's good to know our clients are happy with my services.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Wile E.,

There is just one big problem with this approach that Giuliani proposes. No one I know has that amount of cash to put aside into an account for medical treatment. Nobody. And I'm talking about decent people with decent jobs.

This plan would only work for people who can already afford good health care. Giuliani needs to take everybody into consideration.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Coyote here.

You use the account to buy insurance, with the combination of premium, deductible and limits that work best for you.

Amounts unused in one year can be carried over to the next.

Basically, this is an expanded 125 cafeteria plan, for those familiar with such plans.

Rudy also reocommends removing roadblocks to competition and experimentation.

I can say Rudy has solved the problem, but I do like the way he approaches it.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

I find Ruddy's problem solving approach troubling. Why am I not surprised his definition of the problem leads to the right wing solution to everything... free market, competition, low taxes, little to no government regulation, and eliminate personal injury lawyers.

He made no effort to address 1/6th of Americans who currently can not afford health care.

10:06 PM  

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