The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare" as it's known has been the number one target for the Republican party over the last few years. While health care reform has been criticized in the past, a Republican lawmaker in Idaho might have gone too far.
Republican state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R-Cottonwood) sent an e-mail and twitter messages out to her supporters where she blasted President Obama's health care reform and the health care exchanged plan proposed by Gov. C.L. Otter. Nuxoll claimed Otter was exchanging "capitalism with socialism" by offering to work with President Obama in implementing affordable health care to people living in Idaho.
According to The Spokesman-Review, Nuxoll wrote a letter where she compared the federal government working with private insurance companies to the way Jews were treated during the Holocaust.
“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.”
Republicans like to throw around the word "socialism" and "communism" when talking about President Obama and "Obamacare," but an independent eye would clearly see that President Obama's health care reform is far from either of those two claims. While the Affordable Care Act does require every American to obtain health care coverage by 2014, the federal government is not providing the care through a federal system. "Obamacare" works with private insurance companies to provide coverage to Americans, and those who can afford the coverage must buy a private plan, not a public plan through the government.
While subsides will be given to those who qualify, the majority of Americans will not be contributing to a "socialist" program, but rather a private company, the essence of capitalism.