Democratic Congressman Likens GOP Obamacare Critics to Goebbels and the Nazis

By Eric Scheiner | January 19, 2011 | 2:42 PM EST

Rep. Steve Cohen, D.-Tenn. (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) likened Republican critics of Obamacare to the Nazis and their propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels during the House floor debate late Tuesday night.

Cohen claimed that describing the health-care law signed last year as a government take over of the health care system, as many Republicans have, is a "big lie" in the style of the Nazis.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough. You repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it. Like, blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing,” Cohen said.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust," Cohen said. "You tell a lie over and over again and we’ve heard it on this floor, government takeover of health care.”


The blood libel, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is "the superstitious accusation that Jews ritually sacrifice Christian children at Passover to obtain blood for unleavened bread."

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