Tennessee Republican Outrageously Compares Affordable Care Act to Holocaust

stacey-campfield-idiotIt’s hard to take people, or a political party, seriously whenever their opposition to something is so outrageous that it conjures up the odd mixtures of shock and laughter.  It’s a weird situation where you don’t know if you should be offended (because the comments are clearly offensive), or just laugh because they’re so ridiculous that you’d have to be an absolute fool to take them seriously.

And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, conservative hysteria has been at levels not seen since the days of the “red scare” and Joseph McCarthy’s irrational witch hunts for communists.

I’ve heard conspiracies ranging from the more mild “government takeover of our health care system” to the asinine “we’re going to be forcibly microchipped and our lives determined by death panels.”

It’s not even uncommon for conservatives to make some kind of Nazi Germany reference about “Obamacare.”  Because what’s some good old-fashioned right-wing propaganda without a few comparisons to Nazi Germany?

Well, Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield took it to a whole other level by comparing the mandate in the Affordable Care Act to how Nazis forced Jewish people onto trains and into concentration camps.

Campfield wrote:

Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for “train rides” for Jews in the 40s.

He then wrote a rebuttal to his critics in the comments section below the post, seemingly trying to take his foot out of his mouth but failing miserably yet again.  He said that “Obamacare” opens up a “slippery slope” to taking away our freedoms much in the same way Germans did to Jewish people in the 40’s.  He also tried to tie abortions into the whole thing.  I guess  that’s his attempt to get “pro-life” supporters on his side being that even his own party has condemned his ignorant comments.

Nothing quite like someone trying to justify their comments about “freedom” by attacking the abortion rights of women – which the Supreme Court ruled decades ago are Constitutionally protected.

He should also probably be informed that the mandate in “Obamacare” was originally supported by Republicans in the 90’s.  Also, just a few years back, nearly the exact same law was passed by the Republican governor of Massachusetts (and former 2012 Republican presidential candidate) Mitt Romney.

He can try to spin these comments however he likes, but the bottom line is they’re just another example of the irrationally disgusting stance many Republicans have taken towards the Affordable Care Act.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Edward Krebbs

    OK – even if I give him that implanted microchips are similar to the tatooing an ID number on the forearm, I am totally incredulous that getting accessibility to health insurance (which for all purposes is getting access to healthcare) could in any way be construed as putting people on the trains.

  • davehorne

    Yep, the next thing you know you’ll have to have insurance for your car and a license to drive it. When will this government interference stop?

  • Ric Brooks

    We are truly ashamed of Stacey Campfield here in Knoxville. We will try to make him go away this year.

  • surfjac

    mr. campfield is clearly de-looo-sional. Then again, which of the members of the gop aren’t these days? (You might say, “That’s Obama’s fault!”) Can we at least have a spirited debate instead of this idiotic attempt to compare something positive like millions of Americans getting more affordable healthcare, to something that is a manifestation of one of the most horrible periods in world history?

  • Lance Mitaro

    You really can tell it’s a mid-term election year. The GOP are pandering to their idiotic base.