The Tennessee lawmaker who compared Obamacare’s individual mandate to Nazis deporting Jews to concentration camps thinks his critics missed the point.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) caused a stir Monday morning when he wrote on his personal blog that “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.”
In a follow-up post on his blog, Campfield wrote later Monday that his intentions were misconstrued.
“I regret that some people miss the point of my post. It was not to offend. It was to warn,” he explained. “To draw attention to Obamacare and the slippery slope that I see occurring in the lives of myself, my constituents, and the rest of the country with the continued taking of freedom by the federal government.”
“In no way was my post meant to diminish or detract from the pain, suffering and loss of human life that occurred during this dark time in human history,” he continued. “Instead the post was meant to draw attention to the loss of freedom that we are currently experiencing. I stand by my steadfast opposition to Obamacare.”
Campfield’s original blog post earned condemnation from both the state’s Republican and Democratic Party. State Republican Party chairman Chris Devaney further called for Campfield to apologize to the Jewish community, according to the Associated Press.
But Campfield still wasn’t contrite.
“I think Jewish people should be the first to stand up against Obamacare,” Campfield told the AP Monday in a phone interview. “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.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.