Ronald Reagan on Health Care
President of the U.S., 1981-1989; Republican Governor (CA)
I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease.
In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my surgeries. We found through our open discussions we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that, as a result, many more people underwent testing.
So now, we feel it is important to share it with you. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are afflicted by it.
At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years that God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done.
In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President. I now begin the journey that will lead me to the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.
This was perhaps the least factual passage in the entire Mondale presentation. Reagan had barely touched Medicare in the 1981 budget cuts. He had four years later proposed Medicare restraints on hospitals and doctors that were, as an otherwise pro-Mondale editorial in the Washington Post noted, “not all that different from the Carter administration’s.” But Reagan had been thrown on the defensive and he looked it.
Reagan went to Dr. Hutton and questioned him about the disease. Hutton gave a lengthy explanation. “I always thought the world would end in a flash, but this is worse,“ Reagan said. Even with his new knowledge, Reagan was slow to join the battle against AIDS. He did not mention AIDS in public again until Feb. 1986, when he announced that a major report on AIDS would be prepared, saying, ”We’re going to focus on prevention.“ Reagan’s surgeon general C. Everett released the report in Oct. 1986, and described his remedy: ”One, abstinence; two, monogamy; three; condoms.“
To be fair, he made no moral distinction between homosexuality, heterosexuality out of wedlock, or abortion on demand. All three were abhorred by God, in his opinion. The best that could be said about the first sin was that its consequence was perhaps a caution against the other two:
“I think people were happier and better off when there wasn’t the tremendous plague of single motherhood cases or abortions, the thousands & thousands & thousands that take place regularly now and whether it’s going to take such a tragic thing as that disease. that horrible disease to return us to a sense of values that were very much a part of our generation.”
Federal law does not allow federally-assisted hospitals to decide that Down's Syndrome infants are not worth treating, much less to starve them to death. Accordingly, I have directed [federal agencies] to apply civil rights regulations to protect handicapped newborns. All hospitals receiving federal funds must post notices which will clearly state that failure to feed handicapped babies is prohibited by federal law.
Committee after committee of this Congress has heard witness after witness describe many of these programs as poorly administered and rife with waste and fraud. One example is Medicare and Medicaid--programs with worthy goals but whose costs have increased from $11 billion to almost $60 billion, more than 5 times as much, in just 10 years.
Waste and fraud are serious problems. Back in 1980 Federal investigators testified before one of your committees that "corruption has permeated virtually every area of the Medicare and Medicaid health care industry."
The time has come to control the uncontrollable. In August we made a start. I signed a bill to reduce the growth of these programs by $44 billion over the next 3 years while at the same time preserving essential services for the truly needy.
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