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Giuliani Discusses His Prostate Cancer In New Ad

3374058Rudy Giuliani's Web site is presently featuring Giuliani's new New Hampshire radio ad. In it, the former New York City mayor uses his own health struggles as a jumping off point to talk about health care coverage.

`I had prostate cancer, five, six years ago,'' Giuliani says in the spot. ``My chance of surviving prostate cancer, and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States: 82 percent. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England: only 44 percent under socialized medicine.''

The message of the ad: A "government bureaucrat" should not be involved in health care decisions. Giuliani suggests giving people "a $15,000 deduction for a family" or "a $7,500 deduction for an individual" to buy their own insurance.

He also suggests that if the enough Americans buy health insurance, and fewer depend on their employer, "the cost of health insurance will come down and the quality will come up."

When he unveiled his health care plan in July, the Republican presidential candidate suggested that "when you hear Democrats in particular talk about single-mandated health care, universal health care, what they're talking about is socialized medicine." It's a theme he and the other Republican candidates have returned to repeatedly on the campaign trail.

to listen to the spot.