Mackey, who has long spoken out against the 2010 health care law, took heat earlier this week after saying in an NPR interview that the policy is not so much socialism as it is "more like fascism." He argued that in fascism, "the government doesn't own the means of production but they do control it," and compared that to the mechanics of the U.S. health care law. "I made a poor word choice to describe our health care system, which I definitely regret. The term fascism today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century," he said. Mackey, in an interview with Fox News, reiterated that he used a "poor choice of words that resulted in a lot of blowback." He said he was trying to describe "government-controlled health care," or "the opposite of free-enterprise capitalism."Continuing:
Mackey said the ideal would be to combine free enterprise with "a strong governmental safety net" for the poor and those with preexisting conditions... "I need a new word or phrase to describe the state of health care now because it is something that I, like all folks entrusted with the wellbeing of a team, grapple with daily in this era," he said. "I think for now I will simply call it government-controlled health care to distinguish it from free enterprise capitalist health care."