The President's Message
February 1, 2014
Reprinted from the latest issue of Libertas
Ever since Young America’s Foundation saved Ronald Reagan’s Presidential home, the Reagan Ranch, I
am asked, “What would Reagan say?” about an issue of the day.
The safest answer is to quote Ronald Reagan on point or note the factors and approaches Reagan
was known to look at when he addressed an issue. However, I usually reverse the question and ask what he
or she thinks the President would say.
The current controversy, of course, centers around the Obama Administration leading the IRS and HHS
to take over all Americans’ health-related decisions. There is little doubt about what Ronald Reagan would
say to that. We can “go to the tapes!”
Reagan spoke plainly and with deep concern
in his voice:
One of the traditional methods for 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.
But, Reagan went on to make clear that you cannot have government intervention in this profession
without great loss to the doctor and the patients.
What can we do about this? Well, you and I can do a great deal. 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.
Reagan urged action, including writing House and Senate members, and talking to your friends as well.
If you don’t [there will be] federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in
this country...[then] 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.
I suspect Ronald Reagan would sound a lot like the speakers we feature in this issue of Libertas: Dr. Ben
Carson, Senator Mike Lee, and Senator Ted Cruz.
Reagan might even suggest they are understating the threats
to our freedoms posed by Obamacare.
Reagan would certainly call us to action: not wait, not make feeble attempts to rewrite the law, not