RUSH: Guess what, folks? His latest health care speech, number 442,000, is going to be surrounded by doctors and nurses. I hope they remember to bring the lab coats this time. Remember the last time they did one of these in the Rose Garden they had to pass out lab coats to the doctors? Of course, that wasn't a prop. Oh, no, no. That wasn't a prop. But when Eric Cantor brought the actual bill to the health care summit, that was a "talking point" and a "prop." So he's going to be surrounded by doctors and nurses.
RUSH: Now, here's the latest on this, and none of this is a surprise but it's going to be interesting. "Sen. Tom Harkin told POLITICO that Senate Democratic leaders have decided to go the reconciliation route. The House, he said, will first pass the Senate bill after Senate leaders demonstrate to House leaders that they have the votes to pass reconciliation in the Senate." There's still a little tizzy here about who's going to go first. None of these guys really want to fall on the sword for this but they have to. So there's an argument, okay, who's gotta go first? In this case, the House will first pass the Senate bill, and they don't want to do that. They want the Senate to go first. The Senate wants the House to go first. So the House will pass the Senate bill first, Senate leaders will demonstrate to House leaders they've got the votes to pass reconciliation. "Harkin made the comments after a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office including Harkin and Sens. Baucus, Dodd, Durbin, Schumer and Murray."
Now, I'm pretty sure I'm right about this. This means that the House has to pass its bill. So we are back to having the Cornhusker Kickback and all the other bad things Obama said he opposed still in it. We're talking the Senate bill, and there's not a new one. They can't take those out under reconciliation. Every one of those things is up for debate if the Republicans want to try to stop this in parliamentary procedures, they can throughout the process. However, the parliamentarian can be overruled by Biden, who is the president of the Senate. We know what Biden's going to do here. So if they go reconciliation, all the stuff that Obama's going to say in 20 minutes is simply nonsense, whatever he says. He's going to have the doctors and the nurses out there. As I say, I hope they remember the lab coats. They forgot 'em last time.
I have also just had it made available to me some excerpts from Obama's speech coming up here in about 20 minutes. It's released by the White House and he's using the doctors and nurses as a prop for atmosphere and as a prop in the speech. Here is the obligatory Alinsky line and this is the first paragraph the White House has released. "I don't believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America." He precisely believes that! He precisely believes that a government bureaucrat, namely himself, should have control over health care. That's what this is all about, but you're going to hear him say, "I don't believe we should give government bureaucrats, insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America." He wants control of it. This is pure Alinsky. You speak in the language of your audience. He knows that his audience does not want what he is prepared to give them so he's going to try to convince his audience that he's going to give them what they want. He's going to lie, which he can't help. He's a liberal! He has to lie.
He's going to use this lie, this throwaway line to paint the insurance companies as the villain here, with not one word about how government intrusions have totally screwed up the market and driven up costs. I take you back to Howard Fineman's column yesterday in Newsweek about his medical emergency down in Argentina. We find ourselves accepting so many premises that are ludicrous. It's been 24 hours, and not one person -- and I begged for one person, anybody, somebody tell me what it is that qualifies the most inexperienced, unqualified guy in whatever room he walks into, Barack Obama, to run a two-and-a-half trillion-dollar segment of our economy? Would somebody show me the resume? Would somebody show me that he understands how drugs are developed and brought to market? Would somebody show me that he understands the patent process? Would somebody show me that he understands how the MRI came to be, what its purpose is? Can somebody show me that he knows how to run a hospital? Can somebody show me at any point in his life where he has had any experience with our health care system other than as a blood money sucking patient? No. Nobody can, because he doesn't have any. And yet, we're sitting here debating a premise, Obamacare, when Obama hasn't the slightest idea how to do this.
There is no business in this country that would hire Barack Obama to run it. They might hire him as a rainmaker. They might hire him as a PR guy. But nobody would ever hire this guy to run any aspect of their business. And yet we're sitting here debating this whole notion that Obama is the guy to set this up while he lies to us and says we have to give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats less control over health care in America. He's going to wipe out insurance bureaucrats. He's going to expand bureaucratic power in Washington, mainly by giving it to himself. So it's the same old BS here, folks, hold the insurance companies accountable. But no one holds the government accountable. Nobody is looking at this in any kind of a rational way. Oh, yeah, we look at the bill, we look at the details, and the spending, and the deficits, and the redistribution. All that's fine, we've done this all year.
The real question is, who the heck is this guy to say, (imitating Obama) "I'm gonna devise a system, I'm going to run it, and I'm the only one who can." Who the heck is he? What's he ever done? He gets nagged by his wife, for crying out loud, over cholesterol. That's why he nags us about it. Same old BS. He said: "My proposal also gets rid of many of the provisions that had no place in health care reform, provisions that were more about winning individual votes in Congress than improving health care for all Americans." Okay. I assume that means the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback are gone? I don't know. I don't know how it can be gone given reconciliation. He's gonna lie about saying if you like your plan you get to keep your plan when in fact his plan's going to drive our plans out of existence, by design and on purpose. Who is this guy?
RUSH: A note to our affiliates, 'cause I don't know what the affiliates on the EIB Network are going to do. Some of them might cover the whole thing. We're gonna JIP it. We'll JIP it, but I'm telling you what he's going to say in advance right now. Using White House own excerpts, and I'm analyzing it right now. We'll JIP it but we're not going to go wall-to-wall coverage on this thing. I mean, that's what this guy wants. This is not an accident that the thing is scheduled for 1:45, right smack-dab in the middle of the EIB Network's broadcast comprehension of the day. So we'll JIP it. Our microphones are there, but we're not going to go wall to wall and I'm not going to walk out of the room for the 15 to 20 minutes it will take him to do this. We'll comment on it as it goes. (sigh) I'm watching them now, the lab coats are filing in now, they remembered to have the doctors in the lab coats.
Are the nurses in nurse uniforms? Anybody in there on a stretcher? Anybody in there on life support? Anybody in there who was just canceled by an insurance company, preexisting condition or denied? They ought to go for broke, wheel in somebody that just died this morning, that you might be able to blame it on an insurance company. I mean, that's about how desperate these people have become.
RUHS: so he's going to say, in addition to everything else I have a told you he's going to say, "At stake is not just this problem but our ability to solve any problem."
Uh, he doesn't get it, or maybe he won't get it. See, we think government CAUSES the problems. We don't need government to solve it. We just want governments out of our way, Mr. President. We don't look to government to solve problems. Those who do are continually disappointed and borderline insane. You cause the problems. (impression) "I don't believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America." That's the Alinsky line. That's where he's just lying through his teeth. Of course he's going to run the insurance bureaucrats out of business and empower one bureaucrat, primarily himself. But then he's going to say this. Get this. (impression) "So this is our proposal. This is where we've ended up. It's an approach that's been debated and changed, and I believe improved over the last year. It incorporates the best ideas from Democrats" there aren't any "and the best ideas from the Republicans. Now, what are these best ideas of the Republicans? Well, here you go.
"Including some of the ideas Republicans offered during the health care summit, like funding state grants on medical malpractice reform." What is he talking about? Medical malpractice reform does not require government funding! What is that? Funding state grants on medical malpractice reform? You just change the tort law. Here's the second Republican idea. Now, brace yourself. The second Republican idea that came up (this from Tom Coburn during the health care summit) is "curbing waste, fraud, and abuse in the health care system." Does that mean if the Republicans hadn't brought it up, they were going to leave it in? If the Republicans had not brought up the concept of getting rid of waste, fraud, and abuse, the Democrats would have it as part of the plan? This is a Republican-only idea, getting rid of waste, fraud...? Well, in practice it probably is (laughs) but it illustrates the problem. So there you have it. As I say, we'll JIP it. For our affiliates down the line, we're going to have to go to the break a little earlier like in a couple minutes, maybe three, in order to JIP the very beginning of this thing. Let's go to Virginia Beach and Dee. It's great to have you on the program, Dee. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi. Thanks for having me.
CALLER: Here's the thing. The -- you talking about Obama being a hypocrite, but -- for not passing the bill with 60 votes. The bill was already passed on Christmas Eve with 60 votes in the Senate. So how is he a hypocrite?
RUSH: They don't have 60 votes now, and they couldn't get a compromise. The House bill and the Senate bill are two different bills. They couldn't compromise them, they couldn't conference them. They're too different. The Senate bill is not communist enough for the House bill, it doesn't have the public option in it and all that sort of stuff. It doesn't destroy the country fast enough, soon enough, on the Senate side. So they couldn't get agreement, and then Scott Brown wins, and there goes any attempt to get 60 votes.
CALLER: Yeah, I understand that, but the bill passed already. All they have to do is -- is merge them together.
RUSH: Why didn't they?
CALLER: He didn't pass the whole bill through re-conciliation (sic), and that's not (cell garbled).
RUSH: It doesn't matter. That was then. That was then. This is now. They didn't merge the bills, and now they don't have the 60 votes. They're nowhere near 60 votes anymore.
CALLER: But he's not going to pass the whole bill through re-conciliation. That's the thing. The bill was already passed through the House and the Senate.
RUSH: Nope, nope. You're my understanding this. One bill and one bill only gets passed, and then the reconciliation process begins, and that's where the fun starts. There is no conference. There is no merging these two things. That's why there's a bit of panic on the House side because they gotta pass the Senate bill, and they don't like it. And they are going to have to trust Senate Democrat leaders that they can make the changes in reconciliation 'cause they don't have the 60 votes. Look, I understand that you are a slave to liberalism, but you gotta get your facts right. It's like one of your idols Harry Reid says: "You're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts," and they don't have 60 votes, and the thing that they got passed with 60 votes is never, ever going to see the light of day -- and they're losing votes left and right in the House, which is why they have to go reconciliation. They basically don't have the votes for this, Dee, which means they're going to rewrite rules in the middle of it to say they can pass it however they wish and dare anybody to stop them. Pure and simple. You are watching the evaporation of your freedom and liberty and your country as you've known it vanish, dissolve right before your very eyes, and you call and argue with me. I can't cancel your insurance. I can't deny you coverage. I cannot raise your taxes. I am not your problem. But I do want to offer you a gift, since you care about health care. Mr. Snerdley will give this to you. Five free stitches for the wound of your choice any time you need it for the rest of your life.
RUSH: As we breathlessly await the arrival of Dr. Obama to the podium where there are doctors and nurses, we presume clean water, and probably some sick patients on life support as props.
The ultimate irony of using reconciliation. Reconciliation was originally sold as a way to bring down the deficit. You even heard Obama reference it that way. Its real name is budget reconciliation. And, meanwhile, here the Democrat Party is going to use budget reconciliation to expand the deficit like never before even imagined. I want you to remember this. How many of you are part of an HMO? And you hate it, don't you? Many of you hate your HMO. Guess who gave us the HMOs? The same people in this room at the White House, it was Ted Kennedy's deal, Ted Kennedy created the health maintenance organization, same people, absolutely same people. Who's next? We're waiting for Obama. I'm getting e-mails, by the way: "Don't JIP it, don't JIP it, I came home specifically to listen to you." I'm not going to get out of the picture here. Don't worry, I'll be here when we JIP it and I'll be the judge. I'll use my editorial and highly trained broadcast skills to determine just when it's time to get out of this, and it's not going to be long. Trust me. The whole thing is an exercise. He's a compulsive liar.
RUSH: Oh. Okay. Here comes the procession. Blue-clad nurses, here comes a doctor. Oh. Oh. No props here, right? No props. I wonder how much they paid these people, or I wonder how much these people have donated to Obama. Is that how you get selected for this? They're all coming out, they're standing, let's see, three, four, five, six of them. It's pretty diverse. They got three women, one who's black and then three white guys. That's a miscalculation. You gotta at least have a black guy in there. Tavis Smiley is not going to be happy. Here is the president now to a standing ovation. Looks like he's in the East Room again. These doctors look like they deal with the insane. Well, you know, I've seen movies about doctors that deal with the insane. I know what they look like. All right, let's JIP it, let's see what's happening here. Our microphones are there.
OBAMA: -- standing behind me, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses who understand how important it is for us to make much needed changes in our health care system. I want to thank all of you who are here today. I want to especially recognize two people who have been working tirelessly on this effort, my secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. (applause)
RUSH: Another incompetent, clueless. What about the swine flu emergency, hmm? How about the swine flu? Where is that?
OBAMA: As well as our quarterback for health reform out of the White House, Nancy-Ann DeParle.
RUSH: Who? Nancy -- Nancy -- nobody else knows her last name, either.
OBAMA: We began our push to reform --
RUSH: The closed-caption people don't know what her last name is.
OBAMA: -- in this room with doctors and nurses who know the system best, and so it's fitting to be joined by all of you --
OBAMA: -- as we bring this journey to a close.
RUSH: Drags them into the room. It's like being in the Nuremberg trials.
OBAMA: -- at a summit where Democrats and Republicans engaged in a public and very substantive discussion.
RUSH: It was a waste of time.
OBAMA: This meeting capped off a debate that began with a similar summit nearly one year ago. Since then --
RUSH: There have been a thousand in between.
OBAMA: -- every idea has been put on the table.
RUSH: Nope, nope, nope, nope.
OBAMA: Every argument has been made.
RUSH: Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.
OBAMA: Everything there is to say about health care has been said, and just about everybody has said it. So now is the time to make a decision --
RUSH: I thought we did.
OBAMA: -- about how to finally reform health care so it works.
RUSH: Who are you to do it?
OBAMA: Not just for the insurance companies, but for America's families and America's businesses.
RUSH: Demonize insurance companies. Predictable.
OBAMA: And where both sides say they agree is that the status quo is not working for the American people. Health insurance is becoming more expensive by the day. Families can't afford it --
RUSH: It's working better than what you're gonna do to it.
OBAMA: -- businesses can't afford it. Smaller businesses and individuals who don't get coverage at work are squeezed especially hard. And insurance companies freely ration health care based on who's sick and who's healthy, who can pay and who can't.
RUSH: Yeah, well, we don't have death panels like you're going to have.
OBAMA: -- that's the status quo, that's the system we have right now.
RUSH: Don't worry, folks.
OBAMA: Democrats and Republicans agree that this is a serious problem for America and we agree that if --
RUSH: We're going to get outta this in about a minute and 15 seconds.
OBAMA: -- we do nothing, we throw up our hands and walk away --
RUSH: I am not giving up an obscene profit commercial break for this guy. We are not going to blow through a commercial break.
OBAMA: More Americans will lose their family's health insurance if they switch jobs or lose their job.
RUSH: Yes, they will!
OBAMA: More small businesses will be forced to choose between health care and hiring.
OBAMA: More insurance companies will deny people coverage who have preexisting conditions.
RUSH: There aren't going to be insurance companies!
OBAMA: -- drop people's coverage when they get sick.
RUSH: There aren't going to be insurance companies, aren't going to be any.
OBAMA: And the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid will sink our government deeper and deeper and deeper into debt. On all of this we agree. So the question is, what do we do about it?
RUSH: Get rid of you.
OBAMA: On one end of the spectrum there are some who suggested scrapping our system of private insurance and replacing it with a government-run health care system.
RUSH: Like you!
OBAMA: And though many other countries have such a system, in America it would be neither practical nor realistic.
RUSH: Right. But you're still going to do it. Okay, that's it. Stop the JIP. That's exactly what he's going to do. There is going to be a public option. That's the only reason to do this. There isn't going to be private insurance. He's Saul Alinsky Jr. here. I've had enough. I didn't really need this much.
RUSH: The audacity here, "Everything on health care has been said, everything's been said." So the message from the president of the United States is, "Shut up, debate over, bend over. Everything's been said." This, after he and his tyrannical party have decided to ignore and overrule the explicit things being said by the American people, which is, "Hell, no, we don't want this." He just got through saying, (imitating Obama) "It passed in the Senate by 60 votes, passed in the House by a sizeable majority, now we going to do it." Well, if it passed why don't we have it? And then he starts this, "Bush got his tax cuts with a simple majority. We need health care with a simple majority." after we've got eight sound bites of him decrying, criticizing, demanding that the very rule he's going to break never be broken. It's like I said the other day, folks, you have rules and you have Democrats, and that means you have no rules.
So it will be interesting to see what kind of fallout there is from this on the part of the American people, 'cause this was... I mean, I have never heard health care presented in a rosier fashion. (imitating Obama) "We're gonna reduce costs. We're going to reduce the deficit by a trillion dollars over two decades, and these are not my numbers, these are the CBO numbers, and they're the referee to determine how much stuff costs here." It's not true. It simply isn't true. He says if you want to keep your doctor and keep your plan, you can. No. I don't know what plan he's got, but every plan that's out there, either one of them, the House or Senate version -- we're beating a dead horse here. How long before we have a doctors union with these kind of people in the room? We're on the path to single payer, folks. That's what this is. And everything he said to the contrary is an out-and-out lie.
Now, while you're out there keeping track of the number of times Nancy Pelosi is going to declare that she can get Obama's health care plan passed, remember there's a lot of illusion going on out here. For a year Pelosi and Reid have both said, "Oh, yeah, we got the votes, oh, yeah." They've never had the votes. They're going to be out there doing it again. "Oh, we gotta go reconciliation, though, but we got the votes, we're gonna get it done." While you keep track of the number of times Pelosi says that she can get the votes for Obama's health care plan, to get it passed, make sure you take note of the Senate-passed jobs bill last week, more of the same spend-as-we-go and proof positive that the number of ideas in the wheelhouse of this administration is very few. If the first $800 billion did not affect the unemployment figures -- well, the first $800 billion did affect the unemployment numbers. They went up. If the unemployment numbers rising as rapidly as they have baffled and surprised the so-called economists, then why would more money thrown at the same problem in the same way work again?
What we need here are new ideas. We need people and organizations to get them into the arena, and there is an organization that is a warehouse for ideas. It's the Heritage Foundation, and I just want to give you a heads-up, later today or first thing in the morning, they are going to have the most authentic, detailed, right-on analysis of this drivel that we just heard than anybody else has. That's not to put anybody down, but the Heritage Foundation -- it's where I'm going to go. AskHeritage.org is where I'm going to go because right now the brainiacs in this place are tearing down this speech word by word, lie by lie. They're going to have the truth of what was really said here today at some point at AskHeritage.org. They're going to have not just an analysis but they will have genuine free market solutions and ideas on how to create jobs and how to stop this massive health care plan. I'll tell you, if you want more than a sneak peek, you can go to the Heritage Foundation website right now and you don't need to be a member. You're not going to be able to see nearly a smidgen, barely a smidgen of what they have there, you need to join AskHeritage.org. Just become a member, $25 donation. Now is the time. Greatest bunch of people. I can't wait for them to break this down. I mean if I weren't working on this program I'd break it down myself. Obviously I have my commitments and responsibilities here.
But tomorrow -- ha-ha-ha-ha -- it's Hiroshima time, folks, it's Nagasaki. He thinks he's going nuclear, wait 'til we get to this tomorrow. (interruption) Hm-hm. He said that? He said this is not about the next election? And the one after that? And it's not about politics? My plan would stop arbitrary premium -- oh, price controls. Yeah, that really has worked, price controls. We have Medicare and Medicaid price controls, that's really worked, hasn't it? Look, there's a lot of funny stuff in the speech, too. We recorded a lot of good Republican ideas from the summit. Like state grants for tort -- medical malpractice reform? What is that? What are state grants for medical malpractice reform? And then he said the next great idea the Republicans had was eliminating fraud and waste, as though if the Republicans hadn't proposed it, fraud and waste would still be in his health care plan. That's a Republican idea? Sadly it is, but I mean that's not a Republican idea. That's a family budget common sense idea. And then in his summary he was talking about all the Republican ideas that have been incorporated, and then he had to start bashing 'em. (imitating Obama) "Republican plan would only insure three million. My plan, 31 million. And, by the way, we'll cut the deficit a trillion dollars at the same time." Numbers won't work. They don't add up.
RUSH: To the phones, Chris in Erie, Colorado. Great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: You know, what has really bothered me about these folks all along is these are the people that think they can tax their way to prosperity, and this plan they have to tax America and then not spend health care funds until 2014, I guess, that can't work. These guys are deficit spenders. They're going to blow our money before health care even starts. The MO of these folks is they think they can spend their way out of trouble, and they're gonna save our money?
RUSH: You know, this is what I have a problem with. Nobody is this stupid to think that this is going to end our trouble. Nobody is this stupid. Now, they may be this ideologically blind, but nobody's this stupid, particularly after 14 months of utter destruction to the US private sector. That's why I maintain this is purposeful. This is being done for a specific reason, and they're not saying what it is. I am, but they're not. This is not about lowering your insurance costs or lowering your premium. This is not about making sure that you get treated for whatever you want, whenever you want it, and you're not going to have to pay for it. This is not about improving health care in America, because none of that happens with this. This is about destruction. Barack Obama is the most unknown person to be elected president in this country's history. What do we know about him? We don't know what his grades were.
We know who his associates were and so forth, but he's the least vetted candidate that we've ever had. Now, those of us who no longer pay attention to the Drive-Bys, we found out as much as we needed to know about this guy. The first thing we needed to know is he's a liberal. He was never a centrist. He's never been a centrist about anything. He speaks a good centrist game but he has never been one. He's never been a unifier. Barack Obama has never unified anybody. Never. He's never brought anybody together. It's never happened. Yet there were enough saps in this country who bought the drivel and thought it would be oh-so-nice if it could happen, but this is not the guy to do it. We also found out that Barack Obama is a guy doesn't like this country. It's the way he's been educated, the way he was brought up. He thinks this country is almost criminal in the way it has behaved. It has stolen resources from around the world, from other countries, that weren't ours. We have pursued a rich and unwarranted lifestyle while causing poverty around the world.
Our military has committed murder around the world. Our CIA has committed murder around the world. We have militarized space. We have created the deadliest weapons. We have stolen the genuine wealth of the true earners of that wealth in this country. All the rich people in this country are only rich because they stole it from the people who did the real work and should have been paid the real money. And so by golly, by God, it's payback time now. It's payback time, and everybody who loves this country and who thinks it's the greatest country that's ever been is going to have to get their mind right, because we don't deserve that, as immoral and as unjust and as imperialistic as we have been. That's his mind-set. That's the mind-set of his preacher. It's the mind-set of Calypso Louie, another friend of his. It's the mind-set of half the union leaders, if not more! It is the mind-set of many of his professors at Harvard and many of your kids' professors at what have school they're going to. It's what he's been taught. And his #1 influence is a guy named Frank Marshall Davis, who also hated this country. He was an avowed communist and Marxist who hated this country -- while living in Hawaii! Go figure.