Idaho Republican Compares Obamacare To The Holocaust

Written by Tara Culp-Ressler

A state senator in Idaho is expressing her distaste for President Obama’s health care reform law by drawing a comparison between the private insurance companies participating in Obamacare and the “Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps” during the Holocaust.

According to Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R), Idaho should refuse to set up a state-run health exchange under Obamacare because, although the federal government is using private insurers for the time being, the Obama administration will eventually “pull the trigger” on those companies to establish a socialistic health care system.

Nuxoll posted her comments on Twitter, as well as included them in an email blast to 120 supporters:

The insurance companies are creating their own tombs. Much like the Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps, private insurers are used by the feds to put the system in place because the federal government has no way to set up the exchange. Based on legislation and the general process that is written toward this legislation, the federal government will want nothing to do with private insurance companies. The feds will have a national system of health insurance and they will eliminate the insurance companies.

When the Idaho Spokesman-Review asked Nuxoll to clarify her comments, she doubled down on them. Nuxoll said she didn’t mean to disrespect any group of people with her analogy, and explained she said it because “I felt badly for the Jews — it wasn’t just Jews, but Jews, and Christians, and Catholics, and priests. My thing was they didn’t know what was going on. The insurance companies are not realizing what’s going to end up in their demise.”

Idaho’s Senate President Pro-Tem, Brent Hill (R), also stood behind Nuxoll. “This is a very emotional issue for a lot of people,” Hill told the Spokesman-Review. “There’s a lot of ‘stuff’ going around, a lot of information, a lot of viewpoints being expressed. As we get closer to making that decision, the rhetoric’s going to get more dramatic.”

While Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) is a vocal critic of health care reform, he has agreed to set up a state-run exchange under Obamacare because he has acknowledged it will allow Idaho to retain more control over its own insurance market. The federal government will simply step in and set up exchanges in the states that refuse to do so themselves. Obamacare’s health exchanges, along with the health law’s optional Medicaid expansion, seek to extend health care to an estimated 30 million low-income Americans who are currently uninsured.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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364 comments

Philip K.
Philip K.3 years ago

soon they are going to say the obama is a Holocaust War criminals unbelievable how people get carried away.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

While a poor choice of an example, ObamaCare is still a very bad law.

Michael Wecke
Michael Wecke3 years ago

Obamacare = Holocaust = (by implication) Obama planning Holocaust via insurance companies?? Some sick minds in this world, with the - as usual - quick "doubling down" when pressurised...opening mouth to change feet?

Harley Williams
Harley W3 years ago

It seems someone forgot to go to History class.

Mary L.
Mary L3 years ago

Just when I think I they can't get any lower something like this comes along. Shame on her. She makes me embarrassed to be female.

Chuck D.
Chuck D.3 years ago

Right on, Sen. Nuxoll...we all know that making health care more affordable and easier for Americans is right up there w/putting 6 million innocent Jews to death. Seriously, where do they come up w/this crap?

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

To Debbie W.: What escapes the mentality of some people, is the fact that if government is in charge, they can be voted out of office.
How do you vote the Big Shots in corporations, out of their positions?

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

It is acceptable to dislike another person and/or their beliefs.
It's entirely another thing, to insult the 17 million + Holocaust victims, of which 6 million are Jews.

How a person can be so hateful toward the President of the USA, or anyone else for that matter, and make such a 'fool' of herself or himself, is beyond comprehension.

Had I not read the article, my question would have been, 'is this legislator from the South or the West'?
What makes so many people from certain areas of the country, so hostile towards minorities? If I disliked myself that much, I'd have to do something to fix it.

Debbie Williamson
Debbie W3 years ago

Something needs to be done about private insurance companies because they are all about the bottom line just like any other corporations. Maybe government would be better.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Gee, when Cyan is asked to respond to specific and direct questions, she disappears. Typical!