As One State Compares the ACA to the Holocaust, Another Fights for Expanded Medicaid

Newest reports from Gallup and other sources show that today’s uninsured rate is now the lowest ever recorded. That news should have everyone agreeing finally on what a success health care reform really is, and how the Affordable Care Act finally brought quality medical coverage to Americans like it promised. Instead, too many people are still fighting the reforms with the most incendiary rhetoric ever, and citizens are being arrested for pressuring their legislative representative to open up even more options for the poor.

There were a number of GOP partisans declaring that the Affordable Care Act was a train wreck, citing issues with the federal exchange website and constituents calling to complain about canceled plans (usually because the plans were calamity insurance policies that really offered no coverage at all).

Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield, a Knoxville Republican, took that train wreck one stop further into Godwin’s Law territory, comparing millions of people being able to purchase affordable insurance akin to the Holocaust. “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s,” he wrote at his blog, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Even when confronted about the offensive remarks, Campfield was unmoved. “I think Jewish people should be the first to stand up against Obamacare,” he told the media outlet. “When you have government deciding who gets health insurance and who doesn’t, what services they get and what services they have to provide, they’re really deciding who lives and who dies. It’s a slippery slope.”

People are standing up, of course, but they are standing up to demand more access to health care, not less. Where states are refusing to expand the amount of income that a person or family can be earning and still qualify for Medicaid, residents are still caught in the gap between needing insurance but not being able to afford it — a situation that seems to suit their Republican representatives in the state and Congress just fine.

In Missouri, Medicaid expansion proponents are taking their anger to the capitol itself, even if that means shutting the place down. The Missouri Medicaid Coalition organized hundreds of clergy and protesters to enter the capitol this week, where they sang, chanted and otherwise chastised lawmakers for refusing to accept the federal funds that could expand health care for hundreds of thousands in the state.

“It is disappointing and disgusting. If they won’t talk about it, we will,” Rev. Cassandra Gould of Jefferson City told the Associated Press. ”It is immoral and people are dying.”

During the protest, which was conducted while lawmakers were debating other bills, “23 demonstrators were arrested for trespassing after refusing to leave the gallery when asked by Capitol Police,” the AP reports. Between the singing, shouting and eventual arrests, the protesters managed to shut down the senate for roughly an hour, according to the Springfield News Leader. Floor clearing and subsequent arrests began less than two minutes after the beginning of the shut down.

In states where Medicaid has not been expanded, people are literally being arrested to try to get health care for the poor. Accessible, affordable preventative health care will save countless lives, yet politicians like Campfield are claiming that health care reform and expansion is as bad as the killing of millions in Nazi Germany.

Surely, if lawmakers aren’t ready to stop blocking care, at the very least they can leave the offensive, inflammatory rhetoric at home.

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89 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven5 months ago

thanks for the article.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven5 months ago

thanks for the article.

Else G.
Else G.2 years ago

How did such a idiotic no mind ever get elected.

Dale O.

Totally unbelievable and offensive, comparing the ACA to the Holocaust. Republicans often stoop to the lowest of the low, but this inane description is so far out there that one can't even find the bottom of the barrel. When he hits it, the bottom will have to descend even lower just to accommodate how low he is.

Luckily, I live in a country with universal health care and don't have to worry about people like him trying to block access to health care.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

We are all fighting for our lives!

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

Thanks for the post.

ScoTT S.
ScoTT S.2 years ago

Sharon T, republicans are not against health care, IF YOU ARE A FETUS.

"Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're f**ked." - George Carlin

Deborah W.
Deborah W.2 years ago

Further evidence of just how capped up everything's been allowed to grow, unchecked ... until diversion and/or election time needs surface.

Vicky P.
Vicky P.2 years ago

wow..

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

LOLOL John D well said