TPM: The GOP's 40-Year Effort to "Pull the Plug" on Medicare

In light of RNC Chairman, Michael Steele's sudden conversion on the importance of Medicare and how they, Republicans, must protect it from us evil Democrats, TPM has compiled a history of the GOP's trying to kill Medicare, exploring the grotesque irony in this shameless grab of the Medicare mantle for the GOP's own.

From TPM:

During the health care fight this summer, the GOP has been warning seniors, in ominous tones, of the danger that Democrats might cut Medicare--conveniently forgetting that this has been the Republican party's official position for more than a generation.

Thankfully, their words have been immortalized.

The below clip comes from a 1961 American Medical Association recording of then-actor Ronald Reagan warning that "one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine."

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