RUSH: Linda in Fargo, North Dakota, welcome to the EIB Network hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'm so thankful for the work that you do.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I am from Canada. I've been in the States here for a year and I've just noticed a huge difference between the health care system at home and the health care system here in my new home. The waiting times are what I noticed first. Usually in the doctor's office you have to wait one or two or three -- depending if you have a doctor -- maybe seven, depends. Here I was surprised that I actually got in in a couple minutes. There are also... I guess what I don't understand is how people think that the government can take care of the medical care system. Because I've see on the other side. It's so obvious to me to see. The difference is just extreme.
RUSH: I think I can help people understand this. We ask ourselves this question in America all the time. With all of the government programs that are failures and with all the hassles that people have to go through to deal with a government agency -- like cash for clunkers. Cash for clunkers they've only reimbursed the dealers 2%. I mean, they can't even run something as relatively small as that, and we all know the problem dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles and everything. But the reason people look at health care... By the way, I don't think people now, you look at the numbers, the protests, I don't think that people do want the government in charge. They don't want the government running it. That's the great thing about this. It's what it all means. But the reason that they considered it in the first place is because they bought the notion that health care is a "right" and that somehow it's going to be "free."
Obama's out there saying, "Yeah, we're going to insure all these people and we're going to get you better coverage and better treatment. We're just going to tax a couple millionaires and it's all going to be hunky-dory." Now they're running around saying we spend 6,000, $8,000 (whatever number they pull out of their minds) on per-person health care and that purposely blurs the line between the private and public sectors. The rhetorical trick will go a long way to aiding these Marxists in their desire to obliterate the private sector. I mean, individuals in private companies may spend 8,000 or $6,000 or whatever on average per American per year. But the Obama socialists are offering the tempting lie that individuals will pay nothing! That's the lure that they use, that it's going to be "free," that their beloved government's gonna cover it all. Well, they will reduce spending to only $4,000 a person? So who suffers? Sick Americans. It's a rhetorical trick. But the whole notion that you're gonna get improved health care "for free" was the original lure that people did mistakenly believe.