“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.”