Dutch: on Health Care

Viewed AIDS biblically, like sins of sex & abortion

Reagan would remain unconcerned by AIDS at least until the death of Rock Hudson in 1985. My research has him finding it a fit subject for humor as late as 1986 and five months after that waxing biblical in his opinion that "maybe the Lord brought down this plague" because "illicit sex is against the Ten Commandments."

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."

Source: Dutch, by Edmund Morris, p.457-458 Dec 1, 1986

Announces his Alzheimer’s, to promote public understanding

My fellow Americans:

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.

Source: Dutch, by Edmund Morris, p. 665-66 Nov 5, 1994

  • The above quotations are from Dutch, a Memoir of Ronald Reagan
    by Edmund Morris.
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