Dr Ben Carson stated recently:
… Vladimir Lenin, one of the fathers of socialism and communism, said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state.
… some people have said, oh, come on, you’re being paranoid. How could anybody bring up something like that? I would say, if you know anything about history, how could you not bring it up?
But I haven’t been able to find any source for the alleged quote or another variation of it that is often used: “socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”
In a 1949 or 1950 pamphlet called, The Voluntary Way is the American Way: Health Insurance Compulsory or Voluntary? 40 Questions – 40 Answers, published by Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. I found the following:
19. Q. Would socialized medicine lead to socialization of other phases of American life?
A. Lenin thought so. According to Lawrence Sullivan in his book “The Case Against Socialized Medicine”, the founder of International revolutionary Communism Once proclaimed socialized medicine “the keystone of the arch of the Socialist State”.
In the book, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions, by Paul F. Boller John George, there is section dealing with this: That the Library of Congress was unable to find any record of Lenin ever having said what Lawrence Sullivan claims he said.