July 1, 2007
REAGAN, THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE MORE WE OWE:
The Gipper's HMO (Benjamen Walker, 6/28/07, WFMU's Beware of the Blog)
Michael Moore's Sicko turned me on to another great moment in Ronald Reagan. In 1961 The American Medical Association hired the Gipper for a viral marketing campaign dubbed I kid you not, 'Operation Coffeecup.' Doing his part to scuttle the arrival of Medicare Reagan lays down an 11 minute rap explaining how Socialized Medicine can only lead to an America where men are not free. This record was then mailed out to the 'ladies auxiliary' (doctors wives) of the AMA in each county.
Was it this little record that kept Medicare from being signed into law until July 1965? Is this why we still don't have Universal Health Care? Give a listen: Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine (mp3)
But for the grace of the Gipper we'd be France? Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2007 6:55 AM