Table: Off Message
Thompson keeps wandering away from the Bush Administration line:
Thompson hinted at a delay in Clinton-era rules protecting the privacy of medical records; three days later, Bush said the guidelines would take effect on Apr. 14.
Thompson says he favors regulation; the White House, which has yet to state a position on the issue, chided Thompson for speaking before the President.
To reduce the number of uninsured, Thompson supports increased funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a Democratic approach; the Administration is pushing tax credits to encourage individuals to buy their own insurance.
Thompson advocates maintaining current funding for welfare-to-work block grants when welfare reform comes up for re-authorization. That may pit him against the House GOP.