Target: Idaho State Senator, Sheryl Nuxoll
Goal: Request that Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll give a public apology for comparing nationwide health care provisions to the Holocaust
Just when it is thought that extremist Republican leaders can dig their graves no deeper, they somehow manage to shovel up another foot of dirt. In this case, the dirt took the form of an atrocious comment made by Idaho’s state senator, Republican Sheryl Nuxoll, who nonchalantly compared the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Jews boarding the train on their way to the Holocaust. This comment is most offensive for the obvious reason that health care is not in any way comparable to the pain and torture that Jews endured during the Holocaust. It is also another unfortunate incident for the Republican party, as they seek to regain the decent reputation that was obliterated after numerous offensive remarks made by conservative politicians in the past year alone. Urge Senator Nuxoll to retract her comments and apologize for them, as she has offended a large group of people who suffered unimaginable fates at the hands of a dictator who is not at all comparable to our current president.
Nuxoll’s comments were driven by an attempt to illustrate the ignorance of the American people as they are, supposedly, being manipulated by the government. “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. [They will] pull the trigger on the insurance companies,” she said. While she was later asked to clarify her comment, instead of making a retraction, she reinforced it. That Nuxoll is opposed to the prospect of 30 million uninsured people benefiting from coverage is telling of her character. That she labels the plan a “socialistic program” tells even more. Money is valued above human beings, and to her, private insurance companies are more important than a mother struggling to sustain her children who need medical support.
While this truth is not nearly as offensive as her comments that blatantly demean the tragedy of the Holocaust, Nuxoll reveals in a few mere sentences what pathetic fear-mongering can accomplish: absolutely nothing. Ask that Senator Nuxoll retract these comments and apologize for comparing healthcare to the suffering of so many Jews. Few events since the Holocaust have resulted in such tragedy, and it is foolish to think that health provisions are comparable to this suffering in any way.
Dear Senator Sheryl Nuxoll,
It is understandable that you have adopted the same tactics as your conservative predecessors, which is to scare your listeners into believing that health care provisions are in some way hazardous to the American people because of “socialism.” The public is used to hearing this word screeched from conservative mouths, but this does not give you liberty to demean a group of people who suffered largely at the hands of a cruel dictator. To compare the supposed inconveniences and hardships of universal healthcare to the tragedies of the Holocaust is atrocious. The Jews who boarded trains on their way to concentration camps faced unimaginable and inhumane terrors that would not and could not occur on such a scale in today’s American society as a result of healthcare legislation. That you manipulate this tragedy by comparing it to a self-proclaimed “socialistic program” is an abomination and an offense to the memory of those who suffered in the past.
I urge you to retract your statements and apologize for this remark. Whatever your opinion, it does not give you liberty to compare the suffering of Jews in the Holocaust to the suffering that private insurance companies might undergo if capitalism alone cannot sustain them all in the future.
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