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..::: JUNE 29, 2004

Salute Independence or Cheer Independence

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Taking the term Independence Day at face value, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM) is challenging patriotic Americans to restore the proper meaning to the Fourth of July.

"The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to understand that we must counter the seduction of dependence on government, which robs us of our liberty," Richard E. Ralston, executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine (AFCM), recently observed.

Ralston warned that Americans are becoming dependent on government and employer-sponsored health care, which many wrongly regard as a right. He reminded Americans that the nation was founded on individual rights, not entitlements. AFCM favors free market ideas, such as tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and tax reform.

“On this Independence Day, and on all future Independence Days, we have a choice,” Ralston wrote in an op-ed released by the California-based organization. “Either affirm your commitment to freedom—or blindly observe an historical date which has become irrelevant. You decide.”

Ralston’s articles have been published in the Houston Chronicle, Orange County Register and the Washington Times.

Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), founded in 1993, publishes a consumer's guide to free market reforms on its Web site and AFCM is the nation's only educational organization based on individual rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.

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