Thing is, all of that kind of language needs to stop from all sides on any issue. Nothing is the Holocaust except the Holocaust. Nothing is Hitler except Hitler. It's important to call out idiotic rhetoric for what it is en masse and demand a higher level of dialogue not just for the sake of more intelligent politics, but we've cheapened the hell out of those terms to the point they only mean what we want them to mean. Not that I think it'll happen anytime soon (cynic!), but the fear-mongering is a cheap tactic and quite frankly, pretty old. We're always trying to scare one group or the other into believing X or Y agenda and it's really not healthy. The facts should speak for you and if you have to resort to terms with pre-loaded feelings, then you're not doing your point any great favors.
I agree that we don't need to dig out the pitchforks and torches for Rand Paul especially, but maybe it's in light of both him and Bachmann using historically loaded guns to try and blindly fire at any kind of outrage they can get in the same period of time that I feel especially harsh.
And I would say just because something is important and perhaps even integral to our society doesn't mean the best way to get it is to have it provided by government.
Interesting you should say that, given the private sector isn't doing so well on their own with the very healthcare we're speaking of and botched our banking situation too, at that. Government involvement/oversight doesn't automatically make anyone a slave nor does it turn our state of affairs into systematic denial of rights for medical professionals. It doesn't necessitate a 100% takeover, especially so as there are systems in the world that work well with a hybrid of government care as well as offering people the choice to go private. I'm more of a believer in balance. I think both the private sector and the government have their strengths and weaknesses and do not necessarily need to be mortal enemies.
I feel like I should echo Trieste's earlier sentiments, that those who have the power to legislate should probably take a spin on the private healthcare pony on the salary of the average American before crying about balance and what's fair. Their government-sponsored coverage seems to be doing them quite well.