Obamacare treats insurance companies like Jews being shipped to Auschwitz, per Idaho GOP

From the Spokesman newspaper:

As the debate over Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed state health insurance exchange heats up, a North Idaho senator has sent out a mass email and posted a message on Twitter comparing the role of insurance companies to “the Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps,” saying the federal government is using private insurers and in the future will “pull the trigger” on them.

Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, defends her analogy. “I just want people to hear the truth and to be aware that what is being presented before us is a socialistic program,” Nuxoll said Wednesday. “There is no disrespect for any group or people with the analogy. … I just want people to know the truth.”

Nuxoll went on to defend her comments, saying “I felt badly for the Jews.”  Apparently so badly that she chose to co-opt and mangle their history.

Ah, Republicans.  Not only can you count on them to make a ridiculous Hitler comparison about pretty much anything President Obama does, but true to form, for Republicans, Hitler’s victims weren’t people – they were corporations.  Because kids, as everyone knows, corporations are people. And apparently, now they’re Jewish people.

Yes, the world will never forget the six million limited equity partnerships that Hitler destroyed.

Idaho Republican state Senator Sheryl Nuxoll thinks Obamacare is “socialist” (of course) and that it’s also 1940s-socialism’s greatest enemy, Hitler.  Any student of history knows that the Soviets and Hitler may have started off as friends, but ended up as arch-enemies, and that the Soviets played a key role in beating Hitler.  But Republicans don’t let historical inaccuracies and contradictions get in the way of a good smear.

And in defense of Senator Nuxoll, everyone knows that World War II was really about Hitler’s crazy plan to provide affordable healthcare to working-class Jews, or “Hitlercare,” as it was known in everyday parlance.

Now, I’m not a big fan of the “don’t ever invoke Hitler” club.  While most invocations of the Holocaust are simply nutty, if we have a blanket policy that every invocation of the Holocaust is flat-out wrong, and that we should never ever compare anything to Nazi Germany, then what we’re really saying is that the Holocaust was so unique that it could never happen again.  So don’t worry about it.  And I don’t buy that. I think historians of Hitler’s rise would tell you that it’s quite an interesting story to look at, the gradual nazification of the country, and the step-by-step demonization, and de-humanization, of Jews.

That lesson of the danger of incremental-evil is not a bad one.  And I worry sometimes that these blanket calls to never invoke Germany might lead us to assume that it could never happen again.

Having said that, Nuxoll’s comments, that insurance companies are like Jews about to be gassed, is simply bizarre and offensive.  Though it does provide a wonderful window into the soul of the modern Republican party.  To Republicans, corporations that stop people from getting life-saving health care are the “victims.  And the corporations’ victims, people without (or with insufficient and costly) health care, are the Nazis.

That’s about all you need to know about the extremists who control the GOP.

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32 Responses to “Obamacare treats insurance companies like Jews being shipped to Auschwitz, per Idaho GOP”

  1. Ashley says:

    The insurance companies ARE Jews; in the sense that they take all your money and when it comes time to use said insurance, they are money hungry assholes who fuck you over hardcore.

  2. paxf says:

    Obama certainly isn’t Hitler, but there are some chilling (if milquetoast) parallels. If anything, it’s a sense of deja vu. For one, Obamacare greatly benefits a few favored big companies, with GE benefiting just as Daimler-Benz did back in the day. And while we won’t be working in slave-camps to support that, we’ll be working longer slaving at our jobs to support it, only to have the fruits taken away. And, Obamacare too was sold on the boldest of lies, falsehoods, and propaganda. It exemplifies the big lie.

    For example–

    o We were told it was for our own good, to protect us from imaginary devils (insurance companies and doctors who chop off people’s feet).

    o We were told it’d cost less, not more. HHS is now advising advocates to de-emphasize that.

    o We were told it’d cover lots and lots more people. For all its cost, it doesn’t.

    o We were told we could keep our plans and our doctors. We can’t.

    o That the exchanges were free competitive markets, when they’re not free or competitive at all. They’re primarily Obamacare enforcement centers, and secondarily feeding troughs for friendly insurers hand-selected by Obama’s health-control czar, Sebelius.

    Back to your specific objection, as a german-speaker, Nazi actually stood for “National Socialist Worker’s Party” but that was community-organizer subterfuge. Economically, Nazism was a leveraged, more powerful version of socialism based on “public-private partnerships”–alliances between big companies, financiers, manufacturers, and the elite in power. When government controls industry by regulation, there’s no need to own it.

    The comparison to old Adolph is hyperbole–Obama isn’t rounding up anyone to kill ’em–but he is taking freedom, choice, and property, under false pretenses. There are some apt parallels if you can set aside the emotional baggage.

  3. BlueIdaho says:

    Yes, but it is mainly afflicts the state legislature.

  4. karmanot says:

    Doesn’t Idaho also have Mad Cow disease?

  5. BlueIdaho says:

    Sad, but Idaho is full of Sheryl Nuxolls. Too bad you didn’t post her pic also.

  6. blah says:

    What the hell does Obamacare have anything to do with people “getting life-saving health care?”

  7. FLL says:

    I couldn’t resist looking at a map of northern Idaho. This Tea Party bimbo is from Cottonwood (in Idaho County), and that’s only two counties away from Aryan Nations, which is based in Hayden Lake (in Kootenai County). Will northern Idaho became the nation’s day care center for wingnut dead-enders?

    Hail, hail, Wingnuttia, land of the brave and free! (With apologies to the Marx Brothers.)

  8. Just like they equate the Republican party of Abraham Lincoln to the current GOP.

  9. emjayay says:

    From http://www.factcheck.org/2010/01/congress-exempt-from-health-bill/

    Q: Does the health care bill specifically exempt members of Congress and their staffs from its provisions?

    A: No. This twisted claim is based on misrepresentations of the House and Senate bills, neither of which exempts lawmakers.

    We’ve received many questions about claims that House and Senate members would be exempt from the health care legislation taking shape in Congress. But neither the House nor the Senate bill exempts Congress from its provisions.

    Members of Congress are subject to the legislation’s mandate to have insurance, and the plans available to them must meet the same minimum benefit standards that other insurance plans will have to meet. “All plans would have to follow those requirements by 2019,” Aaron Albright, press secretary for the House Committee on Education and Labor, told FactCheck.org. “People actually believe we wrote in the bill that Congress exempts itself from these requirements. That falsehood has been going around since the very beginning.”

  10. emjayay says:

    I tend to think the reason “socialism” is a dirty word among those who don’t know the difference between fascism and socialism (or their ass or a whole in the ground) is because it’s one of the words in Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Socialism = Godless Communism = dictatorship = totalitarianism.

  11. Maybe Sheryl Nuxoll is simply living in her own private Idaho. Does Mark Fuhrman live in the same district?

  12. “It is part of a great leader’s genius to make even widely separated
    adversaries appear as if they belonged to but one category, because
    among weakly and undecided characters the recognition of various enemies
    all too easily marks the beginning of doubt of one’s own rightness.” –Adolph Hitler

  13. Naja pallida says:

    That’s really the problem, the word by itself only has an abstract meaning unless placed in a specific historical context. When they do put it in specific context, like comparing today’s policies to the Nazis, they just expose their ignorance.

  14. I have been foaming at the mouth since the Obama = Hitler rhetoric ramped up. I’m a liberal Jew and fly into a rage when this nonsense starts getting tossed around. And while I am also an independent, I am honest about my political (liberal) leanings. It would be nice if independents critical of Obama and Democrats would respond in kind.

  15. Dave of the Jungle says:

    The Right Wing uses the same exaggerated rhetoric and propaganda techniques that were rife in Germany during the 1930s.

  16. Rosalee Adams says:

    By the time Obamacare finishes with seniors (to begin 1/2014) it might as well be same as Nazis shipping Jews off to camps

    If any of you think there is a path of roses ahead, you had better think twice.

    NOTE: Congress exempted itself from Obamacare…….and I will never forget Pelosi’s

    let’s sign it and find out what it contains.
    Talk about brainless

    BTW I am NOT a Rep or a Dem, I am an independent

  17. BeccaM says:

    So what? Is the People’s Democratic Republic of China any of those things? Or is it just a name they picked for themselves because it represents an idea the country’s leaders think will be popular among the citizens?

    You don’t know much about history, do you? Socialism was quite the powerful worldwide movement in the early part of the last century.

  18. That’s why these guys always call the Nazis socialist. I’m quite serious. It’s a point they regularly make, that the Nazis were called “National Socialism” or National Socialist Party. So it’s the same thing, they argue. Unbelievable.

  19. karmanot says:

    True, they gave Italian fascism a bad name.

  20. karmanot says:

    It’s called the “Wasilla” Phenomena.

  21. karmanot says:

    Right wicked… rotfl

  22. karmanot says:

    Sen.Sheryl Nuxoll would have greeted the arriving camp prisoners with a ‘Welcome’ fruit basket, standing under a sign that stated: Arbeit Macht Frei.

  23. nicho says:

    Give her a break. She’s from a podunk town of 900 people — 99 percent white. The town library has three books — and they’ve all been colored in. The nearest big city is a two-day drive away. She couldn’t find Germany on a map. She’s just regurgitating crap she gets at the local Teabagger gathering.

  24. karmanot says:

    “I felt badly for the Jews.” Sounds like the abuser who says, :You know I love ya honey, why do you make me hurt you?”

  25. pappyvet says:

    The problem John,is “belief,” Dredging from the bottom of the barrel is not a problem if you “believe” that the President is a secret Muslim who is a socialist. You dont even have to know what socialism is. You dont have to know the age of the Earth . If one disagrees as you do successfully on many occasions,then you are not part of the “tribe” and anything you say is from the “evil one.” During the formation and later the reign of the Nazis, the jews, gays,gypsies,liberals,commies,and anyone else not “pure” were the “evil ones.” What Sen.Sheryl Nuxoll is doing is simply keeping the propaganda moving.

  26. Naja pallida says:

    Except the “National” part was more important than the “Socialism” part. :)

  27. bejammin075 says:

    Many of us had hoped that Obamacare would be the “Final Solution” for the insurance companies, but there’s still lots of work to do.

  28. Indigo says:

    That is a horrifying indictment of our education system that anyone finishing in an American school does not know that “stopping socialism” was one of Hitler’s two leading priorities. “Stopping socialism” is what that crowd says they’re all about. How can they not know that Hitler’s their retro-patron, fresh from the pages of American Horror Story?

  29. Naja pallida says:

    I wish it was only from one state.

  30. Guest says:

    It’s idiotically worse. “Nazi” stood for National SOCIALISM!

  31. Idaho.

  32. S1AMER says:

    Where do Republicans find these people? Seriously?

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