Over at The Wit Continuum, http://thewitcontinuum.wordpress.com/, the question is asked about health care reform,
"is this the first step to a socialist form of government?"
My response... I don't believe the question is legitimate. Government exists to fulfill certain responsibilities in society. Those responsibilities shift over time. A look around the world clearly proves that today countries that offer public health care spend a lower % of GNP for better care for more people. It's simply a more efficient system, using competition to force all health finance providers to deliver better service for less.
Did public schools make the US "socialist"? Are public libraries a threat to democracy, just because they're public? Are there still private schools and libraries, despite the fact that the government assures a public option for education?? Of course.
This silliness over "socialism" is a red herring, an insurance lobby sound-byte to divert attention from the real debate. The US is no more socialist than it was last week. It's just a better country.