Reagan’s name gets kicked around a lot in the political arena these days, by members of both political parties. The Reagan era in the White House was a time of ultra-conservatism, returning the nation to the center after a very liberal late 60’s and 70’s. Quoting Reagan is to conservatives what Jefferson or Franklin is to Patriots. Did President Reagan actually say these words (We do not want socialized medicine) or is this a cut and paste with his picture on it?
The picture is of President Reagan, who served in office from 1981 to 1989. Ronald Reagan did speak out against socialized medicine… in 1961. Reagan opposed what eventually became the Social Security Act of 1965 which in effect created Medicare. The creation of Medicare did not result in “other government programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day as Norman Thomas said we will wake to find that we have socialism.”
Ronald Reagan spoke out against socialized medicine (i.e. Medicare) years before being elected Governor of California, much less President of the United States. The suggestion on Facebook to “Like if you agree with President Reagan” is misleading at best and a bold face lie at worst. Which is my point. How many seniors, currently receiving Social Security and on Medicare, will share the image when they see it? Let’s use a little common sense, and do just a little bit of fact checking. You can’t fight lies with lies.
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