“Let’s get one thing straight. Anyone who argues that progressive health-care reform initiatives amount to ‘socialized medicine’ is being disingenuous at best. At worst, they lack a basic understanding of what ‘socialized medicine’ really is.
“Simply put, health-care reform that leaves the for-profit health insurance industry intact, reform that leaves doctors and other medical professionals free to offer their services outside of a government system, reform that leaves citizens free to choose a private health-care plan over a government plan simply can’t be described honestly as ‘socialized medicine.'”
— Karl Frisch, “‘Socialized’ medicine: Next front in the right’s ‘-isms’ arms race,” Media Matters, April 2, 2009.