Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine: Why Aren’t We Listening?

Posted on July 24, 2009. Filed under: Healthcare, Socialism/Communism |

It’s amazing that this speech was made in 1961 because it is so relevant today!! Click on the link at the bottom and you’ll hear Reagan giving the entire speech. What I’ve got below is just an excerpt. Please people, let’s listen to Reagan and NOT allow socialized medicine to come to the US!!!

Ronald Reagan speaks out against socialized medicine

Ronald Reagan’s moving speech against socialized medicine… it feels as though it were written this week instead of way back in 1961:

As if we’re not already overextended enough financially, the issue of National Health Care is now on the table once more vote. Here’s some perspective you might find interesting.

Now 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.

Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We had an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.

Let’s take a look at social security itself. Again, very few of us disagree with the original premise that there should be some form of savings that would keep destitution from following unemployment by reason of death, disability or old age. And to this end, social security was adopted, but it was never intended to supplant private savings, private insurance, pension programs of unions and industries.

Now in our country under our free enterprise system we have seen medicine reach the greatest heights that it has in any country in the world. Today, the relationship between patient and doctor in this country is something to be envied any place. The privacy, the care that is given to a person, the right to chose a doctor, the right to go from one doctor to the other.

But 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 am 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 are 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 to say to him you can’t live in that town, they already have enough doctors. You have to go some place else. And from here it is 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. All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it is a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay and pretty soon your children won’t decide when they’re in school where they will go or what they will do for a living. They will wait for the government to tell them where they will go to work and what they will do.

What can we do about this? Well, you and I can do a great deal. We can write to our congressmen and our senators. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms. And at the moment, the key issue is, we do not want socialized medicine.

Former Representative Halleck of Indiana has said, “When the American people want something from Congress, regardless of its political complexion, if they make their wants known, Congress does what the people want.”

So write, and if your representative writes back to you and tells you that he or she too is for free enterprise, that we have these great services and so forth, that must be performed by government, don’t let them get away with it. Show that you have not been convinced. Write a letter right back and tell them that you believe in government economy and fiscal responsibility; that you know governments don’t tax to get the money the need; governments will always find a need for the money they get and that you demand the continuation of our free enterprise system. You and I can do this. The only way we can do it is by writing to our congressmen even we believe that he is on our side to begin with. Write to strengthen his hand. Give him the ability to stand before his colleagues in Congress and say “I have heard from my constituents and this is what they want.”

Write those letters now; call your friends and 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 Normal 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 we 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.



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Ronald Reagan speech against socialized medicine is really effective. it creates the awareness to people about the harmful effects of socialized medicine.

Bull Shit!! Get a clue people and quit watching fox news!

The US is the only G8 country that does not have some form of socialized medicine program. Of the G8 countries, the US has one of the worst infant mortality rate (on par with many 3rd world countries) — an indicator of how effective the healthcare system is.

In international comparisons of the health of people, outcomes, quality, etc., the US is no-where near the top — countries such as France, Sweden, etc. are far superior.

I live in a country with socialized medicine — I can pick my doctor, get second opinions, have access to top treatments and technology, and have a pretty darn good quality of life. I know that if I get a bad chronic condition, I’ll never have to mortage my home, or worry about what a private insurer might NOT cover.

If I were you, I would worry more about the influential misinformation that US private insurers are spreading through PR companies hired to do that.

Yes, every system has its problems, but of the developed countries the US is in one of the worst positions.

Dear Kristine, you are just a beneficiary of such a “socialized medical” system. I am a provider within such a system.
All this “socialized” staff is working just temporary, for a period of time. It is a complete long-term failure, especially at the level of high-level tertiary (hospital) care.
It is just a part of the “give us bread and circuses” dirty trick of the elective campaign. I am absolutely sure your vaunted “socialized medicine” will limp heavily during the lifetime of one generation.
I wonder, how it will work out if we will have “socialized” bank system, oil business and IT companies?
Going back to the USSR?
If your system is best (in terms of fragmentary statistical data)- enjoy it. I have already made a different choice – both as healthcare professional and potential patient.

His speech was about medicare. Why should the young pay for the elderly? Why should someone pay for medical care for someone’s 70 year old grandmother when he has bills to pay for his 4 year old son? I agree that getting rid of socialized medicine is a great idea. But we either get rid of all of it, or we be fair about it. The elderly should not had been made into a privileged class. Not everyone lives to be old enough to go to an old-folks home. It may sound cold but so is denying health care to a child. If people are allowed to help only one group, let them help their own kin.

At any rate, who can honestly say the people didn’t vote for socialized medicine when most of Obama’s speeches promised socialized medicine? He even outlined it on his website. They voted for it. Whatever the American people voted on it decades ago, they don’t seem to agree now. That makes his speech pretty much irrelevant as that’s his entire premise. “The American People don’t want it.” They certainly seem to now.

How else are we going to control skyrocketing costs and insurance companies dictating how medical proceedures are applied.

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