When government regulates and controls the economy, it is statist. When government regulates and controls the ordinary citizens, by requiring them they must buy only government approved health insurance, it is fascism.
American "liberalism" transmuted into festering fascism a long time ago. The same "liberal" people who think they are promoting the good of mankind are promoting the destruction of free people. American liberalism contains a mental disease.
"The Kennedy assassination has been a major turning point for the Democrat Party and the American left 50 years ago, when they really went full bore on blaming America, simply because they could not accept the fact that a brother communist had killed the president." I don't listen to him much on the radio, but Rush Limbaugh's speculation is thought provoking.
Government control is only the first symptom. In every country that has gone down this road, government reshaping of society has always called for the end of personal freedom and eventually mass slaughter of the people.
See also The Road to Serfdom – Finally!