Erik Cole

Erik Cole has served as communications director at the Campaign for America's Future.

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Up With Social Insurance

Max J. Skidmore's Social Security and Its Enemies: The Case for America's Most Efficient Insurance Program 12.02.99 | reviewed by Erik Cole One of the most remarkable items unearthed by Max J. Skidmore in Social Security and Its Enemies: The Case for America's Most Efficient Insurance Program is a set of radio ads made for the American Medical Association in 1963. Known as Operation Coffee Cup, these anti-Medicare ads were recorded by actor Ronald R. Reagan, whose charismatic delivery evoked great fear of government intrusion into the relationship between doctor and patient. The ads drew heavily upon anticommunist rhetoric and little on fact. Does the approach sound familiar? Skidmore's very readable history of Social Security is most interestingly a history of those who have opposed it—from the time of its inclusion in the Bull Moose Party platform through its passage in 1935 (and the ensuing fire storm in the '36 presidential election), from the anti-Medicare campaign to the more...