Limbaugh appears to agree with caller that health care reform is a “kinder, gentler Auschwitz”

Yes, demanding that insurance companies not turn away people with asthma and high cholesterol is just like genocide, except one is about saving lives and the other is about exterminating them.

Note that as Rush Limbaugh’s caller compares health care reform to Auschwitz, Limbaugh barely blinks other than to clarify what the caller is saying. He never disagrees with the comparison, and more often than not, responds “right” to what the caller is saying.

Remember, the “death panel” thing was a Sarah Palin creation, and it was a lie. In fact, “death panels” won the “lie of the year” in 2009 by an independent fact-checker. Health care reform had nothing to do with government bodies deciding who gets to live and who gets to die. It was a brilliant lie, really, since the Republicans are the ones proposing “solutions” that leave a good number of Americans without coverage, and those of us with coverage unprotected in the case of a health catastrophe. But the GOP always was good at blaming us for what they were really thinking.

But you have to marvel at Limbaugh, or any of the far-right Republicans who control the GOP, pretending they care about anyone other than the rich. They don’t. Here’s a partial transcript of Limbaugh’s show:

SH: Hazel in Brooklyn, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.


CALLER: Okay, the reason that I’m calling is I think that it plays too much into Obama’s hands to equate Romneycare with Obamacare. I think it’s Obama’s way of depressing Republican turnout if Romney’s the nominee, that Republicans think it’s the same thing. But Romneycare was never about death panels or bureaucrats in Washington making decisions or saying, “Well, I’m not gonna give your mother any treatment, she’s just gonna get a pain pill.” To me, Obamacare is like a kinder, gentler Auschwitz. It selects people who are useless mouths and then just lets them die on the vine.

RUSH: What did you say, a kinder gentler what?

CALLER: Auschwitz. Yeah, we’re Auschwitz —

RUSH: Yeah, I wasn’t quite sure that’s what you actually said, that Obamacare is a kinder, gentler Auschwitz.


RUSH: That was a death camp.

CALLER: Right. Because I think Obamacare uses rationing —

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: — and the people who are deemed, quote, useless mouths, as the Nazis deemed people who could not work for the German greater good, will be gently allowed to die rather than —

RUSH: Wait. There was nothing gentle about it.

CALLER: No, the people who Obama selects.

RUSH: Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh.

CALLER: — will be gently allowed to die through palliative care and hospice and pain meds. But we won’t expend the resources to treat them.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: Well, I think basically people are looking for solutions to health insurance issues, and the problem is that nobody wants to look at the real solution, which is the government is the problem.

RUSH: More people than you realize look at it that way.

CALLER: And hopefully one of them will be president and we can end this atrocity before too many of us are put to our kinder and gentler death.

RUSH: That of course is the bottom line.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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