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

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