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Date:12/28/2007

$300 billion between FY94 and FY01. ["Agency Expenditures," City Revenue and Spending Since 1980, NYC Independent Budget Office]

Blocked From Privatizing By Courts. His attempts to privatize the system were unanimously rejected by the state's highest court in 1999, and Giuliani called the notion of public hospitals "a bias and prejudice of a bygone era." [New York Daily News, 3/31/99]

Giuliani Cut Number of City Hospital Beds By 28%. The number of beds in the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) was down 28 percent under the Giuliani administration, from 10,416 in FY1994 to 7,451 in his FY02 plan. [Mayor's Management Report, 1995, p. 82 (Volume II); Preliminary Mayor's Management Report, 2000, p. 107 (Volume II)]

Budgets Routinely Slashed Important Health Services. Examples of annual cuts include: In 2000, "Giuliani's budget also includes a $2.1 million cut for city-run child-health clinics serving the poor, and it slashes $1 million from a program providing family-planning services in poor neighborhoods with high infant-mortality rates." A 1999 plan would have cut $500,000 from a program that encourages HIV/AIDS testing. A 1997 proposal cut $78 million in city-provided Medicaid funds, and in 1995 he actually asked the state to cut the Medicaid funds it sent to the city [Newsday (NY), 5/10/00, Aids Policy and Law, 5/14/99; Newsday (NY), 1/31/97, 1/22/97]

Mimicking Bush on Prescription Drugs

Giuliani Supported Problematic Republic Drug Plan. As recently as 2006, Giuliani praised the 2003 GOP prescription drug bill. [Club For Growth Press Releases, 5/14/07]

Prescription Drug Bill Heavily Tilted Towards Drug Companies. In 2003, the GOP forced through Bush's prescription drug bill, a $100 billion giveaway to the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. The bill's "donut hole" left a gap costing seniors much as $4,020 out of pocket per year before receiving full coverage. The bill also made it illegal for Medicare t
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