There are few surer ways to produce a self-satisfied smirk on the face of an Obamacare supporter than to mention Ronald Reagan’s early opposition to Medicare. This post by Hanna Rosin is typically smug:
This morning I heard a clip of Ronald Reagan, then candidate for governor, speaking about the prospect of Medicare, and sounding very much like today’s town hall critics.
The comparison to “town hall critics” is not, of course meant to be flattering. It is an article of faith for Rosin, as it is for most “progressives,” that history has proven Reagan spectacularly wrong.
Only he wasn’t wrong. Reagan believed that Medicare was a Trojan horse for socialized medicine and that it would accelerate the metastasis of statism throughout American society.
That progressives now use Medicare’s “success” (it’s actually a fiscally unsustaibale boondoggle) to justify their latest attempt to expand government-run health care vindicates Reagan’s “Trojan horse” argument.
Moreover he was remarkably prescient about the “moral argument” we have been hearing lately for what the President and his congressional accomplices hilariously refer to as health care “reform.”
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.
Fifty years ago we were told that the elderly were dropping like flies. These day it’s about health care for ”the children” and covering ”the uninsured.” And now we have to do it for Teddy.
These faux crises have been nothing more than pretexts used to expand the power of the state. Any one of them could have been solved without massive increases in the power of the central government.
But it never has been about health care. It has always been about expanding the reach of our masters in Washington. Uncle Sam not only wants you, he has a plan for getting you.
Reagan warned us, and he was right.