Definitions of “isms” Being Applied to Health Insurance Reform

We see a number of  ” isms” applied to President Obama and the new health insurance reform bill so I thought we would ask Joe Friday to look at the facts for us. He looked to Wikipedia for the definitions:

Socialism refers to the various theories of economic organization which advocate either public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources.

Fascism is foremost an authoritarian form of government …According to most scholars of fascism, there are both left and right influences on fascism as a social movement, and fascism, especially once in power, has historically attacked communism, conservatism and parliamentary liberalism, attracting support primarily from the “far right” or “extreme right.”

Communism is a social structure in which classes are abolished and property is commonly controlled, as well as a political philosophy and social movement that advocates and aims to create such a society.

Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy.[1][2] It seeks to diminish or even abolish authority in the conduct of human relations.

Nazism is a unique variety of fascism that involves biological racism and anti-Semitism

Am I missing something here?

None of these definitions has any semblance to anything I see going on in healthcare or in anything that President Obama has done in the last year or ever even talked about in his public life.

I see a lot of similarity to the right wing militias like the one just broken in Michigan or to far right wing rhetoric but not health insurance reform or our President.

Once again the facts are really pesky things…

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