An Idaho Republican made waves on Twitter this week, tweeting that forcing insurance companies to participate in healthcare exchanges is like marching Jews off to death camps during the Holocaust.
In a series of messages that began Jan. 22 and continued until Wednesday, state Sen. Sheryl Nuxol said that the Affordable Care Act amounts to “tombs” for insurance companies.
“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,” Nuxol said. “The feds will have a national system of health insurance and they will pull the trigger on the insurance companies.”
In a separate, related tweet, Nuxol warned residents to be on the lookout for state employees involved in enforcing the state’s participation in the act.
“State employees will be the ones knocking on our doors to force us to pay. Complying makes the state the bad guy,” Nuxol said. “There are 11 mandates relating the exchange, and six of the eleven mandates deal with personal collection of data, including income, assets, personal health, and bank accounts. Individually we will be fined into oblivion. The state will be responsible for the enforcement.”
Like many conservatives, she has voiced opposition for mandates in the act that would force employers to include contraception in their health plans. The coverage of contraception and other women’s-health issues has been one of the most hotly-contested parts of the legislation, already resulting in legal challenges in Michigan and other states. Most lawsuits have been dismissed, but in two actions, federal judges have temporarily blocked enforcement of the mandate in their states.
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