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  • "Socialist" Programs in the US?

    So it seems to me that some people like to stamp a universal health care plan as "socialist" yet support other institutions run by our government that fit the same bill as been payed for by the government, the military, our school system, police and fire departments, and highway system, being among these.

    All these fit the concept of the government using money to "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" as written in the constitution. What makes health care any different?

    As food for thought, think if we had a single payer health care system, like Canada wherein doctors have their own private practices and businesses separate from the government. The government offers its citizens and insurance plan to pay these doctors. With our military, the government pays defense companies for their services and products in order to provide the service to its citizens of defending them from foreign attack. They are similar in these ways although health care could be viewed as the better of the two because people have direct decisions over their medical services, whereas government decides what our military does.

    Overall, should our government providing services ensuring the well-being of the people who have elected it for this purpose be considered socialist?

    I know I may get a lot of abuse for this, but I'd like to hear what people think.

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