Richard E. Ralston

Richard E. Ralston is Executive Director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine.

Universal Health Care Freedom on the Fourth of July

It is precisely because our health care is so important to each of us that we need to be especially careful to preserve and protect the rights of physicians and other health care providers.

Why Illness Has Become a Crime

Why Illness Has Become a Crime

Recently, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer received a lot of media attention when she proposed fines and other financial punishment for overweight citizens and smokers on Medicaid. Others targeted by such programs include diabetics who fail to follow instructions from...

Obamacare: A Waste of Good Medicine

Obamacare: A Waste of Good Medicine

The movement to repeal President Obama's signature health care law rightly criticizes the accounting trickery in the legislation's understated costs and overstated savings. In fact, when in the last two centuries has the U.S. Congress been able to reduce, control or...

The War on the Constitution

The War on the Constitution

Challenges in court to the constitutionality of Obamacare have exposed the broader agenda of those who are committed to the permanent expansion of government power which that legislation represents. The specific legal issues are almost irrelevant because Obamacare is...

The Political Assassination of a Prescription Drug

The Political Assassination of a Prescription Drug

Politics often supersedes medical science as the determining factor behind the Food and Drug Administration's granting or denying of approval of prescription drugs. This is the result of a long-term trend that has come sharply into focus with the FDA's handling of the...

Constitutional Health Care

Constitutional Health Care

The writers of the U.S. Constitution were very much aware of the need to set firm and specific limits on the powers of government. Hundreds of years of the British Monarchy, and study of the failures of republican forms of government as far back as ancient Greece and...

The Government Boot on Your Doctor's Neck

The Government Boot on Your Doctor's Neck

We live in an age when the secretary of the Interior and the White House press secretary proudly and publicly proclaim that they will keep their "boot on the neck" of an oil company. This new manifestation of "hope" and "change" is ominous at a time when the...

Redeeming Reform

Redeeming Reform

Does American history move in only one direction—toward government domination of every detail of our daily lives? Did we reach a high-water mark of government power when ObamaCare was signed into law? Or was that just the crest of a wave that will sweep away the...

Profits Are for People

Profits Are for People

Forbidding profit in medical care replaces life with death, liberty with force, and the pursuit of happiness with self-sacrifice. Let’s not kill health care and our freedom at the same time.

Profits Are for People

Profits Are for People

Those who advocate for government controls in medicine cry, "People, not profits." They say profits are unacceptable in medicine because our health is so important. But it is precisely because our health is so important that profits must be vigorously defended. If...

The Destruction of the Health Insurance Industry

The Destruction of the Health Insurance Industry

What passes for "reform" in Congress would eliminate health insurance firms. Why? Because, we are told, it is immoral for anyone to make a profit providing health insurance. Virtue, in this view, is restricted to those who impose government insurance on everyone...

How Our Rights Are Destroyed

How Our Rights Are Destroyed

The most effective means of destroying the rights of individual Americans is by replacing those rights with new powers for the government. Then, instead of the right to the pursuit of happiness, the political class declares that everyone has a right to be supplied...

Obama's Summit of Fantasy

Obama's Summit of Fantasy

The President's summit on health care revealed major schisms between public policy and reality. Those who feel that they must keep repeating to Americans that their health care is "broken" overlook a more fundamental problem. Most Americans, based on a lifetime of...

Real Health Care Reform

Real Health Care Reform

There is now a pause in the inept debate on health care in Congress. After a year of struggle, some comfort might be taken from the fact that neither of the monstrosities passed by the House or the Senate has become law. However, truer than ever is the 200-year-old...

The Destruction of the Health Insurance Industry

The Destruction of the Health Insurance Industry

What passes for "reform" in Congress would eliminate health insurance firms. Why? Because, we are told, it is immoral for anyone to make a profit providing health insurance. Virtue, in this view, is restricted to those who impose government insurance on everyone...

Twelve Ways to Increase the Cost of Health Insurance

Twelve Ways to Increase the Cost of Health Insurance

Health care legislation now being debated in the Senate will do nothing to make health care more affordable but quite a lot to make it more expensive. It serves the purpose of a massive and permanent expansion of the size and power of government and the political...

How Our Rights Are Destroyed

How Our Rights Are Destroyed

    The most effective means of destroying the rights of individual Americans is by replacing those rights with new powers for the government. Then, instead of the right to the pursuit of happiness, the political class declares that everyone has the right to...

Shrugging Off Government Health Care

Shrugging Off Government Health Care

Nearly a century ago, the Federal Reserve Board was created to eliminate the supposed economic problems of a free market. A century of inflation, recessions, one or two depressions, huge expansion in government debt, and wild swings in unemployment tells us the system...

The New War on Physicians

The New War on Physicians

The debate on health care reform is starting to turn ugly. Those who want to increase government power to rule American medicine are adding physicians to their list of "enemies of the people." We hear frequently that insurance companies and drug companies are...

America’s Fascist Health Care System

America’s Fascist Health Care System

Many years ago America started down a path that has gradually limited the free practice of medicine and the relationship between physicians and patients. You can never really have a private meeting with your doctor anymore, because the government is always in the room...

Government Health Care: One Noose for One Neck

Government Health Care: One Noose for One Neck

Before I developed a detailed interest in government management of health care, I was unwillingly introduced to the subject after I was badly injured in a head-on collision in a taxi to LaGuardia Airport in New York City in 1993. To my everlasting regret, the...

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