The Democrats rebranded socialized medicine as “single-payer” medicine so as to confuse people without the time to track all leftwing code words. They did the same thing for their own name in the ’80s, changing from “liberals” which was associated with the raft of failed leftwing policies of the 1970s, to “progressives.”
It’s a good example of their contempt and disdain for the American people. They think, “People are so stupid that if we call something by a different name, one without negative connotations, they will support something they otherwise would have opposed.” (Remember, leftists rationalize that you are their inferior and that they must always manipulate you for your own good.)
It doesn’t work long term, of course, because words acquire the connotation of the phenomena they label and not the other way around, e.g., idiot, moron and retarded were all originally words invented by doctors and scientist trying to create kinder, gentler and more scientific terms to describe people with subnormal mental processes. But the condition of being subnormal is viewed as negative so any word used to describe that condition becomes negative and eventually a playground pejorative.
Deceitful words are highly dangerous in politics. No less a luminary than Confucius himself wrote that the first act of good governance is to name things honestly. This is more true in a democracy where people have to know what they are voting for.
“Single payer” is a deceitful phrase not only because it attempts to rename something in order to confuse the people but also because under socialized medicine, everyone pays. It’s just that what you pay and what you get are unrelated. It’s only “single payer” from the perspective of the health care providers because they are the only ones who ever get paid.
What is truly “single” in socialized medicine is who decides what medical treatments are available. Obamacare is structured around the idea that federal technocrats will decide which treatments will be available and which won’t. Individuals and doctors will choose from a restricted list. Socialized medicine has to be structured this way because from the perspective of the patient, all medical choices under socialized medicine cost the same and they will rationally choose the highest-quality treatments regardless of the real cost or real need. We will most likely follow the Canadian practice of outlawing all medical treatments the government doesn’t pay for, so we won’t even have that sliver of choice left.
Hitting back against the Left means fighting their Orwellian control of language. Don’t let them use the warm and fuzzy focus-group-generated marketing phrases that they use in public discussion. Socialized medicine can also honestly be called, “single-decider medicine,” “politicized medicine,” and “politician managed” medicine. All these phrases capture the essence of the central question of your health care: Who decides what happens to your body.
For Democrats the answer is always, “we decide.”
Democrats give “free” stuff for the same reason that fishermen give free worms to fishes. To get “free” medical care you have to surrender control over your medical decisions. You have fewer and fewer actual choices. You’ll just be told what your treatment’s going to be. You won’t have complete or even meaningful partial control over any medical decision.
Well, except for abortion.