Imposing Statism or Socialism by Way of Medicine

Ronald Reagan

“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. … [L]et’s also look from the other side. The freedom the doctor uses. … First you decide the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government, but then the doctors are equally divided geographically, so a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him he 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 I wonder if any of us has a 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.” – The Gipper

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