Idaho senator compares health exchange to Holocaust [The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.]
|By Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.|
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Nuxoll sent the email out
He added, "I don't think this is exclusive to
The governor's exchange legislation was introduced in a
Nuxoll's message, headed, "Another Reason against the State Health Insurance Exchange," said in full, "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."
Another message she posted a week earlier on Twitter said, "The health insurance exchange will be the battle for the legislature this year. It simply is replacing capitalism with socialism."
Nuxoll said she made the analogy 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."
"I am shocked by that message," said
Packard said, "A state-based exchange, it's going to lower the cost, it's keeping the jobs local, keeping the insurance industry and those doing business in the state of
Opponents have been calling on Otter to refuse to cooperate with the national health care reform law in any way, including by setting up a state-run exchange.
Otter convened a working group that studied the issue for months, before overwhelmingly recommending a state-based exchange. The governor's newly introduced bill calls for the exchange to be a quasi-governmental entity, not a state agency; it would have to be self-supporting and couldn't receive any state tax funds.
Under the national health care reform law, exchanges in each state -- whether state- or federally run -- will serve as an online portal for citizens to shop for health insurance plans and access government subsidies, if they qualify.
Otter, who strongly opposed the national health care reform law, said in a "Call to Action" sent out to Idahoans this week, "Ceding all control to the federal government means giving up any possibility of effectively pursuing local priorities regarding cost containment, quality control, regulatory control, accountability, job formation and a product tailored to our
Hill said, "When we are emotional about something, sometimes we use hyperbole to get across our point. We need to be careful not to judge one another on the way we say things -- we need to try to understand one another."
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