Socialism is the latter. Rather than recognizing that every human being is unique and free, created in God's image, socialism tries to turn us into laboratory rodents, pretending to manage our lives according to predictable formulas.
This, unfortunately, is what the health care bills are that the Democratic Party is now trying to force-feed to the American public. It's why they are disasters waiting to happen.
One heroic Democratic congressman, Bart Stupak, has managed to assure that the House bill allows no taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. But many of his liberal colleagues are rebelling.
President Barack Obama said that this is "a health care bill, not an abortion bill."
But how can it be above your pay grade to consider when life begins but not above your pay grade to define one-size-fits-all health care for several hundred million Americans and force each one to submit to your social engineering?
Taxpayers shouldn't pay for abortions.
But in a larger sense, we won't get health care right if we think we can do it without thinking about life itself. Science is our tool, not our master. As we sit at the brink of health care socialism, it's a good time to recall Jefferson's words that "God who gave us life gave us liberty."