MNGOP Secretary Chris Fields compares Obamacare to Jim Crow laws [UPDATE]

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More than three years after it became law, Fields, like many of his fellow Republicans, is still hung up on Obamacare.
-- Update at bottom --

Yesterday, Michele Bachmann compared Obamacare to crack cocaine. Today, our old friend Chris Fields might've done her one better.

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Fields, who lost a congressional race against Keith Ellison last year and now serves as MNGOP secretary, has been going off on Twitter about how "#JimCrow is back" with the rollout of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces for the uninsured.

Here's a couple tweets that give you the flavor: In fact, according to a USA Today report, members of Congress and their staffers do have to purchase health insurance via Obamacare's publicly run exchanges, but they get a sizable subsidy that isn't usually available.

And with regard to Fields's claim about "big biz" being exempt, in July, Obama delayed implementation of Obamacare for big businesses until 2015, while sticking to a 2014 timetable for small companies and individuals.

Still, that's a long way from Jim Crow laws, which relegated black Americans to second-class status in southern states for about a century beginning with Reconstruction.

We're just waiting for someone from the MNGOP to invoke Godwin's law while blasting Obamacare. Should only be a matter of time...

:::: UPDATE ::::

Fields called us this afternoon to clarify his Jim Crow-Obamacare comparison. Here's what he said:
Look, Jim Crow laws, from my perspective -- and I didn't throw it out there tongue in cheek -- Jim Crow laws did this: They said, 'this class of people operates under these laws, this class of people operates under another set of laws.' And that was very real, and it impacted a whole lot of people.

This argument that they're having in Washington D.C. is very much the same thing. When Congress gets to operate under a different set of rules that the rest of us do, it's not right. When big business gets an exemption that other folks can't get, that's not right, and so, I just find it odd that, you know, our struggle, this whole country's struggle to be a country that wants to treat everyone equally and fairly, that notion is just being brushed aside over political and ideological differences. And that's sad to me, because that's not who we are...

I see this law, the votes [Congress] took, as just another wedge. It's another "us versus them."
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Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

The ACA is not universal health care (which is what you appear to be referencing). While universal health care may work, IMO the ACA is not the best way to achieve it.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Bat Shit Crazy Michelle Bachmann

Chris Scumbag Fields

Founded in ignorance, they stand as a deer in headlights,

Shielding the world from knowledge.

Tune in tomorrow to see who else will join... The Stupor Friends!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

I'm so glad City Pages is here to share what a wife beater and loser thinks about Obamacare.  

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson

Really? Trying to do what every other industrialized nation on the planet does (provide health coverage to its citizens) is the equivalent of Jim Crow laws? These people really have drunk the cyanide.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This Fields guy disqualified himself from consideration by reasonable people the last time he got any attention, about a year ago.  He seems to have mistaken the attention gotten by making unreasonable statements with the attention that comes with serious consideration.  And he seems to be under the mistaken impression that anybody cares what he thinks.

Randon Lund
Randon Lund

Go drink by yourself sounds like you are used to that

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

sounds like some a you tuff guys wanna meet up for a drink or to later so we can talk about this?

Alan Cloud
Alan Cloud

In a nutshell, the Jim Crow laws were about "Separate but equal" and were based on race. How in the world are you making this comparison, Secretary Fields? I believe you need to bone up on your history, and quit taking swipes at our President based on what the GOP is telling you to do.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

preëxisting condition, perhaps? that, or the astronomical deductible, rendering its entire purpose pointless.

Paul Lockman
Paul Lockman

@Mark , curious as to why you are unable to get health insurance ?

Alan Cloud
Alan Cloud

Ignorance. Plain & simple ignorance.

Sam Wellman
Sam Wellman

wow i nevre thawt abowt it like that.. good poynt!1

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Wow! You have blown everyone in this thread away with your assessment of our current sitting president. You must be some kind of mental giant or something. Do you have a newsletter that we could all subscribe to?

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Maybe you should realize that to someone that can't get insurance this is good but I can see that your young & don't think you need insurance just wait one day you'll need it .

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

oh really there toots? well pardon me!

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

maybe thats cuz obamas a peice of crap!

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

We have an "internet tough guy" alert on the mental midget.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Smart and articulate...you're the real deal my friend

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