Reagan encountered an early, real world example of what happens when your only consideration in healthcare is profit. I think we can both agree in hindsight that his was an imperfect and costly solution. But what would you have done? Citizens were dropping dead (in public spaces) because they could not pay for necessary care. What's the free market solution to that problem?<quoted text>
Reagan should have heeded his own warning: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" Big Brother saves the day again, and we're all suffering for it.
And you don't want your citizens dropping dead in the streets --- it looks bad.