Now that Rudy Giuliani is a serious presidential contender, he's moved to the far right on most of the issues, flip-flopping all the way. But when it
November 5, 2007

Now that Rudy Giuliani is a serious presidential contender, he's moved to the far right on most of the issues, flip-flopping all the way. But when it comes to healthcare, particularly for low-income kids, the former mayor has exectued a rare flip-flop-flip. It's quite an accomplishment.

First, Giuliani was against expanding access through programs like S-CHIP...

Before his illness, Giuliani the Mayor resembled Giuliani the Presidential Candidate. Both showed little interest in expanding coverage to New York's poor or uninsured, and both Giulianis gave only tepid support and financial backing to an S-CHIP-style program for New York's uninsured children.

...then he was for it...

[I]n the immediate wake of his own cancer diagnosis, Mayor Giuliani embraced government-run health insurance, or what candidate Giuliani now calls "socialized medicine," and explicitly tied his change of heart, in deeply personal and emotional terms, to his own experience as a prostate cancer patient.

...and now he's against it again.

It now appears that Giuliani has forgotten all about his and other people's pain, and his previous backing of a significant expansion of the role of government in helping to ease it.

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