Thursday, December 17, 2009

Explaining what health care reform really means

In 1961, before he was governor of California and president of the United States, Ronald Reagan gave a speech about socialized medicine in response to a bill in congress to reform health care. If you want to really understand what nationalized healthcare will mean to all of us, please listen to this (there is no video). His words from almost 50 years ago are relevant today more than ever.

I'm always inspired by Ronald Reagan, who was a true patriot, and I think you might be too if you listen. It contains his famous line "what it was once like in America when men were free." (It's 10 minutes long but if you want to skip to the best part, it starts at 5 minutes into the speech.)

1 comment:

  1. I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all-the-more easier seven years later.

    We'll live to fight another day.

    Tom Degan