|By Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Nuxoll 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," she said Wednesday. "There is no disrespect for any group or people with the analogy."
Nuxoll sent the email out
That message said, "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."
He added, "I don't think this is exclusive to
The governor's exchange legislation was introduced in a
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 is their demise."
"I am shocked by that message," said
Packard said a state-based exchange will result in lower costs and retaining jobs and businesses in
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.
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