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GOP Lawmaker Who Compared Obamacare To Nazi 'Train Rides': It's All Just A Misunderstanding

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The Tennessee lawmaker who likened Democrats who bragged about how many Americans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to Nazis deporting Jews to concentration camps on Monday thinks everyone is just missing the point. The comparison was merely intended to be a clarion call to freedom-loving Americans.

“I regret that some people miss the point of my post,” state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) wrote in a blog post titled “Here you go.” “It was not to offend. It was to warn. 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.”

Campfield drew condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans on Monday after 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 [sic] sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s.”

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney also called for Campfield to apologize to the Jewish community.

But that didn’t stop the senator from elaborating on the comparison further, even suggesting that “government funded abortion” was the real culprit.

“300 million Americans are at risk from government bureaucrats deciding who should be given life saving medications and who should be denied,” he went on. “Every citizen now faces the possibility of their tax dollars going to pay for a government funded abortion. At no point in our history have we ever faced a federal government and administration with a lower regard for human life, and that is something that I cannot and will not allow to go unchallenged.”

Campfield previously drew rebuke for comparing homosexuality to bestiality and mocking Democrats with a crude joke about pressure cookers after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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