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Sometimes I think the best thing for Dems in 2014 is to just let Crackpot GOP Conspiracy Cultists talk and talk and talk... because the more they say, they more insane they sound.

Like this guy...

Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville wrote the comment in a post titled "Thought of the Day."

"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 wrote.

Because apparently being able to purchase private healthcare - sometimes at a discount - via the sharp pointy gun bayonettes of Wellpoint and Blue/Cross Blue/Shield is so exactly like the herding of millions of jewish, gypsi and gay minorities into cattle cars on their way to the death starvation camps and their acid showers.

And you might say I'm being hyperbolic, but apparently after people complained about his harmless little "Thought" - he doubled-back and threw down on the H-train again.

Campfield in a phone interview shrugged off the criticism, and said he stands by his comments.

"I think Jewish people should be the first to stand up against Obamacare," Campfield said. "When you have government deciding who gets health insurance and who doesn't, what services they get and what services they have to provide, they're really deciding who lives and who dies."

"It's a slippery slope," he said.

No Senator, it's not a "Slippery Slope".  It's a slow climb out of decades of needless death that had already been occuring for people without healthcare at an estimated rate of 45,000 per year in 2009
Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journal of Public Health. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.

The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.

The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health,” said lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.

In fact if Deluded Conspiracy Cult Infested Red States like Tennessee would accept the 100% Free Medicaid Expansion provided by the Dread Pirate Roberts - uh - Federal Government, then an estimate of an additional 5,700 Americans wouldn't have to needlessly die by 2018 according to the Kaiser Foundation.

When it comes to deciding "who lives and who dies" that isn't something that the Federal Government is now doing.  It's something that Private Insurance Companies were doing when they would choose to deliberately deny claims and care to people just as they became sick all in order to increase their profits.  Just as they did to people like 17-year old Nataline Sarkisyan.

Late in 2007 I found myself riveted by a case playing out at the University of California, Los Angeles, the medical center where I trained and had once worked as a transplant surgeon. A 17-year-old girl named Nataline Sarkisyan was in desperate need of a transplant after receiving aggressive treatment that cured her recurrent leukemia but caused her liver to fail. Without a new organ, she would die in a matter of a days; with one, she had a 65 percent chance of surviving. Her doctors placed her on the liver transplant waiting list


 But even when the perfect liver became available a few days after she was put on the list, doctors could not operate. What made Nataline different from most transplant patients, and what eventually brought her case to the attention of much of the country, was that her survival did not depend on the availability of an organ or her clinicians or even the quality of care she received. It rested on her health insurance company.

Cigna had denied the initial request to cover the costs of the liver transplant. And the insurer persisted in its refusal, claiming that the treatment was “experimental” and unproven, and despite numerous pleas from Nataline’s physicians to the contrary.

The "Freedom" here was not Nataline's or her family's or her doctor's.  It's was Cigna's Choice to deny this treatment.  And as a result of their denial - Nataline Died.

Now with ObamaCare, companies like Cigna no longer have this "Freedom".  They can't arbitrarily cancel coverage or deny treatment. They no longer have the "Freedom" to deny people coverage because they have "pre-existing conditions".

When Deluded Conspiracy Cultist people like Senator Campfield suggest things like Obamacare being like the Holocaust because it's "taking their freedom away" -- what he really means is that it's taking the "freedom" of insurance companies to slowly, softly continue an Ongoing Holocaust of the sick and the poor in America.

They may say it's like the "Holocaust" but what they really mean is the other thing, that it's a NOT Holocaust, anymore.


Originally posted to Vyan on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Three Star Kossacks.

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