Healthcare

GOP Senator: Repealing Obamacare is Like Fighting the Nazis

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Several high ranking Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have shut down the effort to fully repeal Obamacare, but Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) told his constituents that he's determined to keep fighting

We must keep fighting Obamacare, Wicker says, because the goal of kicking tens of millions of people off healthcare is just like fighting Nazi Germany.

He compared the Republicans efforts on health care to Dunkirk, the subject of a popular film recently released that dramatizes the evacuation of British forces from a French beach as France fell to the Nazis in 1940.

"The French and British faced a 'setback' in fighting the Germans," he said. "And that is what the Senate has faced with health care."

When pressed by one of his constituents, Wicker reportedly rejected the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that showed over 20 million people would lose their coverage under legislation he supports.

Rejecting that analysis would be necessary to not collapse in on yourself under the crushing irony of comparing health care coverage to Nazi Germany.

If you actually accepted the CBO's analysis, that would make Senator Wicker one of the Germans in this analogy.

  • Christopher Foxx

    If you actually accepted the CBO’s analysis, that would make Senator Wicker one of the Germans in this analogy.

    Whether someone accepts the CBO’s analysis or not is irrelevant. Reality isn’t subject to opinion. Wicker IS the Nazis in this analogy.

  • Victor the Crab

    Dear Roger Wicker: Go fuck yourself! Preferably with a prickly cactus up your asshole.

  • Aynwrong

    These. F***ing. People.

    (That’s all I got.)

  • Badgerite

    It isn’t ‘just’ the CBO and they weren’t up against the Democratic party. Their deathcare plan had the support of a whopping 12-17 percent of the public. Their plans for Medicaid would have devastated the populace of many states but primarily red states. Unlike background checks for gun laws, this particular piece of proposed legislation would have had an immediate and devastating impact on people who voted for them. Virtually every healthcare organization and healthcare advocacy group were extremely opposed to this including the insurance industry. How much clearer does one have to make it for these people. They were serving the interest of the “creepy billionaire” sector who pay their campaign bills. Not the public. And the “creepy billionaires” (aaahhhhhh) wanted more money. See “whopping tax cut”.
    And this time, the public noticed. No “look over there”. Quit obstructing the Affordable Care Act and let it do what it was enacted to do. Make healthcare affordable and therefore accessible for all Americans.

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  • muselet

    Beyond the self-Godwining (Dunkirk? Really?), Roger Wicker’s star turn on the stage at Bad Historical Analogy Theater wasn’t over:

    Using another WWII reference Wicker said, like Gen. Douglas MacArthur wading ashore to reclaim the Philippines, the GOP will return to the fight for a new health care plan.

    Look, I get that Rs have to make themselves sound all manly and rufty-tufty because otherwise they’re just a bunch of middle-aged white guys in badly-tailored suits, but references to WWII are, or at least should be, out of bounds when discussing policy differences between the parties.

    Also, Wicker’s explanation for why he disagrees with the CBO’s analysis of the Rs’ deathcare plan is … remarkable:

    “I don’t believe that is accurate,” Wicker said. “It’s based on projections and we’ve seen many cases were the CBO was wrong before. They were wrong about Obamacare, too.”

    “It’s based on projections.”

    Godfrey Daniels, as WC Fields was wont to say.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      “It’s based on projections.”

      Why is the phrase “trickle down economics” screaming through my mind right now?

  • Draxiar

    Health Insurance = Nazi Party. That man has a bowling ball for a brain…heavy, dense and slow.

    • muselet

      “Nice boy, but about as sharp as a bowlin’ ball.” –Foghorn Leghorn

      –alopecia