Idaho state Senator Sheryl Nuxoll does not like this Obamacare thing one bit, and she also does not like that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is supporting legislation to set up a state health exchange, because what kind of freedom-loving American simply goes along with something as trivial as federal law?
So Sen Nuxoll sent a very coherent mass email and Twitter message saying that insurance companies going along with the healthcare exchange plan are “Much like the Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps” and that after the exchanges are formed, the federal government will somehow take everything over and “will pull the trigger on the insurance companies.” For some reason, a bunch of people thought maybe it was a little strange, and maybe even offensive, to compare a health insurance plan to actual genocide, but Nuxoll is unrepentant: “There is no disrespect for any group or people with the analogy.… I just want people to know the truth.” Which is, apparently, that Barack Obama first segregated insurance companies from the rest of the corporate population, forcing them to live in crowded ghettos and not allowing them to marry, uh, gentile corporations. And next, he will send insurance companies to Auschwitz, where some will go directly to the gas chambers and others will be worked to death producing synthetic rubber. This is definitely a true thing, and not batshit insanity at all.
Well, maybe it’s just a matter of context. We bet that Nuxoll isn’t really trying for a nomination as Wonkette’s Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year, and that her comments will make a lot more sense when we see the full message, which reads
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. Several years from now, 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 pull the trigger on the insurance companies.
Um. Nope, still not seeing how this is the “truth” about Obamacare, or why the Nazi analogy is appropriate. We looked it up, and Hitler definitely did not send Jews to the camps as an interim means of setting up a healthcare bureaucracy that eventually turned into a single-payer plan, although we do understand that this is a common misunderstanding. We are also reasonably certain that the Nuremburg Laws were not written in consultation with lobbyists from the Jewish community.
As for Nuxoll’s fear that Obamacare will inevitably turn into a British-style National Health system, we’d be pretty happy if there were any hope of this happening, because then we wouldn’t have the insane hybrid of for-profit insurance and halfassed attempt at semi-universal coverage that Obamacare is trying to be. But apparently, this is the sort of thing that Nuxoll simply “knows” will happen, because, come on, Obama is a socialist, after all. And he’s Hitler, too, or there wouldn’t be all those pictures of him with the little mustache.
Nuxoll also explains that she chose this particular analogy because
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“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.”
It’s so true. We bet that some of the insurance companies will even become Kapos, brutalizing other insurance companies to keep them in line, just for a little extra moldy bread, and other insurance companies will be assigned to the sonderkommando, dragging the corpses of gassed insurance companies to the ovens. Some lucky insurance companies may even find a kindly neighbor to hide them. And future insurance companies will wonder why the Allies didn’t bomb the rail lines to the Obamacare camps.
Of course, many of the actual Jews who survived the actual Holocaust went on to found the state of Israel. We wonder if Sen. Nuxoll knows what kind of health care system they put in place there? Perhaps she should go warn them what’s in store.