Last updated on: 2/17/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Ronald Reagan Biography

Title:
40th President of the United States
Position:
NC to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“I think we are for telling our senior citizens that no one in this country should be denied medical care because of a lack of funds. But I think we are against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program, especially when we have such examples, as announced last week, when France admitted that their medicare program was now bankrupt.”

Nationwide address on behalf of US Senator Barry Goldwater, ronaldreagan.com, Oct. 27, 1964

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Congressional Gold Medal, 2002
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1993
  • 40th US President, 1981-1989
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, United Kingdom, 1989
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Japan, 1989
  • Republican Presidential candidate, did not receive party nomination, 1975-1976
  • Governor of California, 1967-1975
  • Made 53 motion pictures and one TV movie, 1945-65
  • Political career launched in speech for Barry Goldwater, 1964
  • Officially changed to Republican Party, 1962
  • Campaigned for Richard Nixon for President, 1960
  • Campaigned as a Democrat for Eisenhower, 1952, 1956
  • President, Screen Actors Guild, 1947
  • First Motion Picture Unit, Army Air Force, made over 400 training films, 1942
  • Actor, Warner Brothers, 1937-1942
  • Radio Announcer, WCO (Davenport, Iowa) & WHO (Des Moines, Iowa), 1932
Education:
  • BA, Economics and Sociology, Eureka College (Illinois), 1932
Other:
  • Born on Feb. 6, 1911 in Tampico, IL
  • Died on June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA