A favorite tactic of liberals in the health care debate, to catch libertarians and conservatives off-guard, is to bring up privatization of Medicare and Medicaid. "Well then, would you get rid of Medicare and Medicaid," is a common rejoinder.
The question often leaves those on the Right, ill-prepared to take the full free market approach, stumbling. But not Rudy Giuliani. On Meet the Press yesterday, America's Mayor hit back with a full-blown libertarian response.
At approx. 1 minute in:
BROKAW: "What's been interesting to me is that the Republicans have raised the public option as some kind of Orwellian monster. Half the health care in America is already delivered by the government... Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, Federal Employees insurance..."(H/t Race42012.com)
GIULIANI: "That's part of the problem. Part of the problem is that half of it is already in the hands of one massive monopoly. You make that monopoly greater and you destroy private insurance."