Reagan on Socialized medicine.

Ronald Reagan:  “Back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas — six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket — said, “The American people would never vote for socialism, but,” he said, “under the name of ‘liberalism,’ the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program.”  One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.  It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.  Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.

” Let’s also look from the other side at the freedom the doctor loses.  A doctor would be reluctant to say this.  Well, like you, I’m only a patient, so I can say it in his behalf.  The doctor begins to lose freedoms.  It’s like telling a lie, and one leads to another.  First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients; they’re equally divided among the various doctors by the government.  But then the doctors aren’t equally divided geographically, so a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town, and the government has the say to him, “You can’t live in that town. They already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else,” and from here it’s only a short step to dictating where he will go.  This is a freedom that I wonder whether any of us have the right to take from any human being.

“You and I can do a great deal.  We can write on our congressmen, to our senators. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms, and that at the moment the key issue is we do not want socialized medicine.  Write those letters now; call your friends and tell them to write them.  If you don’t, this program, I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day — as Norman Thomas said — we will awake to find that we have socialism.  And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”

Reagan was right.

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2 Responses to Reagan on Socialized medicine.

  1. hittosan says:

    So because of a supposed encroachment of how doctors practice and earn millions, we should scrap the health care reform act? The whole problem with the healthcare debate is that we are concerned about the “freedoms” of doctors and the corporations. Certainly there are many flaws to be found, however this is the first positive step we’ve made in many years. We need to learn from the mistakes in the act and continue to make forward progress, not backwards.

    The whole fear that the law is an introduction to socialism is completely irrational. It is based on an irrational fear of the government. We are supposed to have a healthy dose of skepticism for the government, not the complete and total fear of government interaction into a particular sector.

  2. hybridtalk1 says:

    “So because of a supposed encroachment of how doctors practice and earn millions, we should scrap the health care reform act?”
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    Oh, no, it should be scrapped because it is unconstitutional. It’s encroachment on freedom is just another good reason it should be repealed.

    “The whole problem with the healthcare debate is that we are concerned about the “freedoms” of doctors and the corporations. “
    ——–

    Freedom of citizens to make choices without the government limiting those choices; that is the real issue.

    “Certainly there are many flaws to be found, however this is the first positive step we’ve made in many years. We need to learn from the mistakes in the act and continue to make forward progress, not backwards.”
    ——-

    As Calvin Coolidge said: “… About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”

    “The whole fear that the law is an introduction to socialism is completely irrational.”
    ——

    It you are a supporter of Socialism, you would be correct. But America isn’t a Socialist nation (yet).

    “We are supposed to have a healthy dose of skepticism for the government, not the complete and total fear of government interaction into a particular sector.”
    ——

    According to who? Our Founding Fathers had a very healthy fear of government and that is why they handed down a limited government that was only supposed to have power to do that which was defined in the Constitution.

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