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Reading between the lines?

Although there has been a lull in this blog, it isn’t that there is nothing going on in healthcare reform.
First, we have sent in our EMBRACE Healthcare Plan proposal to the Annals of Internal Medicine on Wednesday 10/1. This typically takes a few weeks for a response…
We have also heard a lot of mention of healthcare reform during the Presidential debates last week and the Vice-Presidential debates this week. One very interesting thing that Paul Krugman picked up was the source of Sarah Palin’s reference to Ronald Regan in her closing remarks:

It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we’re going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.

It turns out that this was a recording he made for Operation Coffeecup — a campaign organized by the American Medical Association to block the passage of Medicare. Doctors’ wives were supposed to organize coffee klatches for patients, where they would play the Reagan recording, which declared that Medicare would lead us to totalitarianism. (you can hear the full recording here on mp3).
Even though Palin did not use it in conjunction with healthcare reform, it still is interesting (maybe ominous for healthcare reform as a whole) that this is still clearly in the “library” of those who may oppose government supported healthcare. This may be an indication of what we may be facing in promoting our plan.


October 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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