RUSH: Here's Ralph in San Antonio, Texas. Hello, Ralph, you're on the EIB Network. Big, big moment for you.
CALLER: Rush, thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: Yes, sir.
CALLER: I'm 60-plus years old, and my income bracket would put me among the working poor, but I have health insurance because I choose to pay for it. The idea that people making 50 or $75,000 a year can't afford health insurance is an out-and-out lie.
RUSH: Of course they can. You're exactly right out there, Ralph. What's happened is over the last 30 years people have been conditioned to think somebody else should pay for it. It's a right. If you can't afford a lawyer, we'll pay for one. Health care is more important than a lawyer. So people think the government ought to pay for it or your employer ought to pay for it. Sure. Don't buy as many plasmas. Don't buy a new car. But health care has assumed this position because of the Democrat Party, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and some of the Democrats, LBJ. Health care shouldn't be paid for by people. That's just not fair.
CALLER: Well, the reason they don't have health care is because they choose not to pay for it, but Obama wants me to pay for their choice. To me, a 50 or $75,000 income would be a life of luxury. When are people gonna come out from under the ether that this man has got them under?
RUSH: It's starting to happen. I mean, it's got a long way to go out there, Ralph, but it's starting to happen.
CALLER: The only way that you can accurately describe this administration is by the words of the song: "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves."
RUSH: Yeah, that was Cher.
CALLER: Exactly right.
RUSH: That was back in the early seventies. I played that song when I was a struggling young disc jockey. (singing) "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." No offense, gypsies, but it's in the title of the song. (interruption) Don't ask me. Tramps? I'm not going to name names. We all know who they are. I'm not going to name them. Look, Ralph brings up a very good point. He doesn't make much money but he chooses to have insurance 'cause he buys a policy he can afford. Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, says automobile insurance, that's mandatory, why, what's the difference in health care? Now, there are people that don't own cars and there are people that don't drive. Should they have to buy auto insurance to lower the cost for all the rest of us? Should people who don't have kids have to pay exorbitant property taxes to support the schools? This is such a... The whole thing is fraud, folks. This whole health care thing is a total fraud, and of course Obama may have to wait for it.
RUSH: Hey, a quick question, folks. What does health insurance insure? This is not a trick question. If you think health insurance insures your health, you're wrong. Health insurance does not insure your health.
RUSH: What's it for? Does health insurance insure your health? It can't possibly. Health insurance cannot possibly insure your health. In fact, "Health care insurance, formerly called 'medical insurance,' is merely an instrument of neutralizing risk. Financial risk, that is." Not health risks. "It was brought about by a need to insure a family's assets against a dread disease requiring care so expensive it would wipe that family out financially. As a strictly financial planning endeavor, the issue never seemed to be discussed in terms of being 'a right' or in terms of 'compassion.' But 'medical insurance' as a component of financial planning has morphed into 'health care' as a right for everyone in the new political parlance.
"And not only is the insurance a right, but the insurance should be 'free' and it should cover everything from routine care visits to erectile dysfunction to ADHD to" addadictomies! Yeah, addadictomies are covered in San Francisco. "It is no more practical to have "health insurance" to pay for prescription drugs and routine doctor visits than it is to expect your auto insurance to pay for your oil changes and tire rotations." This is C. Edmund Wright at the AmericanThinker.com. There is so much brilliance out there on health care. I'm glad this actually has come up here because we're getting a perspective and a viewpoint on this that we have not had throughout this whole debate, and Obama is reeling. It ain't going like it was supposed to go. It wasn't supposed to be this hard.