Republicans say that Obamacare is socialist. When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he promoted a health insurance plan that was basically the same as Obamacare. Was Romneycare socialist?

The word “socialist” has been used very loosely by people who have no idea what socialism is. Let me clue them in. Socialism is the total ownership of the means of production by the government. It is state capitalism. Obamacare is not the ownership of hospitals by the government. It is not the authority of government to tell doctors what to do. Socialism? Come on!

Republican politicians are using the strategy, “Give a dog a bad name and you kill it.” No, I’m not accusing ordinary Republicans of duplicity. They are not politicians. They sincerely believe what their politicians say. Democrats should stop demonizing Republicans and go to the trouble of convincing them.

Leon Johnson, West Valley City