Learning from Reagan on Healthcare
Henry Olsen’s brilliant, revisionist
of Ronald Reagan should transform how we think of our fortieth president. Reagan was less of a small-government radical than ideologues of either the left or the right would prefer to remember. He believed that people who work hard should have a modicum of security, and that lower taxes on the rich should not always be the highest priority. As conservatives and Republicans continue to stumble on the healthcare issue, we should take a few moments to learn from Reagan’s virtues—and his failures.