Universal Healthcare ≡ A system that ensures that every individual is provided with access to healthcare whether they contribute to the system or not. Single payer ≡ A system where there is only one entity that pays for all covered healthcare. Single payer by itself does not necessarily imply government or private control although it does imply that there will not be both. Socialized Healthcare ≡ A system that uses public resources to pay for healthcare. Portions of the American healthcare system are socialized such as Medicare and Medicaid. People are interchanging these terms and it makes it hard to figure out what they really mean.