RUSH: The Democrats and yet another sob story. Pulling out another page from the playbook, yesterday on Capitol Hill at a press conference they held a meeting with an 11-year-old boy, Marcelas Owens, to rally support for an end to insurance industry abuses. Here's a portion of Dingy Harry's remarks.
REID: Our health care delivery system, such as it is today, is designed to cover the oldest and the youngest, most say. But for everyone in between, that's most of the people in this country, it's beyond broken. And it can certainly be illustrated by what's happened to a woman by the name of Tifanny Owens. This is her son Marcelas. His birthday was yesterday and he decided he would like to spend it in Washington, telling us and anyone that will listen about his mom.
RUSH: Okay. So, this 11-year-old boy Marcelas Owens said to somebody, "I want to go to Washington. I want to tell Harry Reid about my mother." And somehow this 11-year-old kid found his way into the Capitol, found his way to Harry Reid's office, and they were so impressed by what the kid said, "Hey, let's go get some cameras and microphones." And so here is Marcelas Owens telling his story.
OWENS: My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work that she lost her job, and along with her job she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up causing her her life. And I wanted to finish her fight for health care so I don't want any other kid to go through the pain that our family has gone through. I want Barack Obama and Congress and everybody to come together and help the health care bill pass.
RUSH: Now, this is unseemly, exploitative, an 11-year-old kid being forced to tell this story all over just to benefit the Democrat Party and Barack Obama. The essence of using a young child, and get the next sound bite. This is from Senator Durbin.
DURBIN: Today, 70 Americans will die for lack of health insurance, 70. And when the Republicans tell us, "Go slow, start over, take your time," we've got to add it up. It's 70 a day. How much time can we take?
RUSH: Seventy Americans. No, his number is off. It's 124, because the number is 45,000 a year, 365 days. That's the number we had earlier this week, 100 some odd. Something happened to cut that number in half. Do we even believe this? Seventy people a day die because they don't have health insurance? You know how this number was arrived at? We had the guy call us. Some survey company went out there and if somebody did not have health insurance, what year was it? 85? Everybody that's died since 1985 is assumed not to have had health insurance if they didn't have it in 1985. That's the extent of the scientific nature of the survey. But here's the dirty little secret, Senator Durbin. And I would also say this to Marcelas Owens. Well, your mom would have still died, because Obamacare doesn't kick in until 2014 if they sign it this year. And Senator Durbin, that means that 70 Americans are going to die every day for the next four years until the actual so-called benefits of which there are none kick in. So why this mad dash on this? It doesn't kick in for four years. We've been through this over and over. You're getting blue in the face hearing me. Here's Chuck-U Schumer following Dick Durbin.
SCHUMER: We're asking for an up-or-down vote. And that sounds abstract. It's about Marcelas's mom. An up-or-down vote is about people's lives.
RUSH: I want to puke. I literally want to puke. They do the same stuff over and over again. Senior citizens, now some kid, they bring up a bunch of people in wheelchairs or whatever. It's all about how this country is so rotten, people are dying and nobody cares, the country with the best damn health care in the world. And they get up and tell lies and have other people tell lies and exploit these people. All the tug on people's heart strings to make them feel guilty, make them feel the only way we're going to save lives is through Obama. But we're not going to start saving lives for four years. Here now, ladies and gentlemen, the capper on this outrage, from Senator Patty Murray.
MURRAY: It happened to Marcelas; it happens to a lot of people. The system we have in place today doesn't provide options for people when they are just at the edge. Marcelas's mom was doing all the right things, a single mom raising three little kids. She was working hard. She lost her health care because she lost her job. Marcelas stood up and he came up to a United States senator and he's gone up to the 29th floor of the federal building and he's flown all the way across the country to face this big crew of press people, because he has the courage that his mother left him to remind all of us what this debate is about.
RUSH: I guess I was right, this 11-year-old kid just stood up, he went to Washington somehow, flew there, then approached a US senator, then went up to the 29th floor of the federal building. He flew all the way across the country and had the guts to face the media, with all these Democrats standing beside him. Meanwhile, earlier today, yes, wait for it, here it is again. It's Nancy Pelosi from last night on television.
PELOSI: Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or, eh, a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance, or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk but not [be] job-locked because a child has asthma or someone in the family is bipolar. You name it. Any condition is job-blocking.
RUSH: Okay, so if you're tied up in a job you hate and you don't want to work there, quit. And sit around in your underwear and paint or take pictures and start writing a bunch of gibberish and claim you're an artist, and you'll be fine. You'll be fine because you're going to have health care. Health care paid for by all the rest of the people who don't check out, who don't let go of their own responsibilities. You can go ahead and just chuck your responsibilities out the window. Pelosi will give you health care. Now, you're going to have to find a way to get food and water until she figures out how to throw that in. And, by the way, if you happen to get knocked up while you're out there writing or taking pictures, don't sweat it, because we are also going to pay for your abortion while you get your health care, because it will be part of it. And then once we get amnesty, then we're going to have 25 million Americans also on the health care rolls who currently aren't. They'll have insurance from the government, paid for by all the other people who don't abolish their own responsibilities. You go ahead and check it out. Pelosi says we don't care, be an entrepreneur, sit on your ass and write and paint and we'll give you health care. Well, we won't. The other Americans who decide to keep working will.
RUSH: Folks, I... Ahhhh. I'm going to go ahead and say it. I'm going to go ahead and say it. We just played these sound bites. (interruption) You don't think I should say it? You don't know what I'm going to say yet. The staff's going, "Oh, no." They're all putting their heads in their hands. We just played a sound bite of a little 11-year-old kid who miraculously flew to Washington, found a senator, and wanted to tell the world about his single mother who died because she didn't have health care. He wanted to tell the world about it so that we would pass Obama's health care plan, right? Now, one thing that we can deduce from it is that all that sickening audio -- and it's not just from the kid. It's from Dingy Harry to Patty Murray to Chuck Schumer to Dick Durbin. What it means is they don't have the votes. They don't have the votes. That's one thing it means. We also ran the numbers on what's his face, Durbin.
"Seventy people die because of no health insurance every day in this country," he said. But we're not going to get to single-payer for four years, until 2014. We ran the numbers: 180,000 people will die because of no health insurance, from the time Obama signs the bill until it is implemented in 2014. 180,000! Now, the thing that I... I am really am just going to say it. One of the biggest cultural and economic problems we have in this country is single mothers, households without fathers, and the Democrat Party here is... (sigh) Why do we have Medicaid? Why didn't this woman go get Medicaid? Where is the father of these kids? Where is the virtue in this? We're being told there's virtue in all of this suffering brought on by who? Who made this woman? Who made any woman a single mother? I'm not talking about a divorced mother. Who made her a single mother? And where's the guy? How come we all have to move in and be the guy? And it's rampant out there. You talk about an obstacle for kids to overcome? It's being part of families like this, and all the evidence shows it. Look, it's sad, and don't misunderstand, but we don't need to be making a virtue out of this, and that's what these schlub Democrats are doing with these kinds of sob stories. They're making a virtue out of this unfortunate circumstance that is not helpful to anyone. I don't know why in the hell... We've got Medicaid for some of these kind of situations.
RUSH: All right. We've done a little research out there on this boy and his mother, his family -- and wait until you hear it. Wait until you hear it.
But, first, I got a note from my friend. This is really clever. "Rush, my wife and I are enjoying your company as we drive around in north Florida. I just heard you report what 'Dirt' Durbin said that 70 people a day die because of no health insurance. Does that mean that everybody else who dies has health insurance? If so, does that mean that health insurance is a big killer?" Now, that is a great way to look at this. (laughing) Health insurance a big killer! Seventy people who don't have it die every day, but look at the number of people who had health insurance died. How many people died today because they couldn't get care from Medicare, Medicaid, S-CHIP or the Veterans Administration? Don't forget, folks: The largest insurance company in this country is the US government, and they do not grant everybody treatment. They have denials left and right. They deny more claims than private sector insurance companies do.
Here's the story from the Seattle Times, March 8th. "Local Boy Who Lost Mom Takes Health Care Story to DC -- His mother, Tiffanny Owens, was working as an assistant manager at Jack in the Box when she began suffering from mysterious vomiting and diarrhea in September 2006. By October that year, she had missed so much work that she lost her job -- and her insurance. Two months later, Owens sought emergency care at Swedish Medical Center's Central Area campus, where a doctor diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension, a serious type of high blood pressure involving the arteries in the lungs. In January, she again went to Swedish's emergency room and was hospitalized for eight days." All this without insurance. She was treated. Repeat: She was treated, and she had no health insurance.
"Owens' mother, Gina Owens, said her daughter, who didn't qualify for Medicaid," don't know why "avoided regular visits to a doctor despite frequently throwing up blood." She just wouldn't go. "In June 2007, Tiffanny Owens was hospitalized yet again, this time at University of Washington Medical Center. After a week of unconsciousness, she died at age 27, leaving Marcelas and his two younger sisters. Gina Owens has custody of the three children." Now, the woman's mother (this Gina Owens who has now has custody) worked for the "Washington Community Action Network," an ACORN offshoot, "the state's largest consumer-advocacy group. Her death made the family's cause personal." So not ACORN. SEIU. She worked for the Service Employees International Union, the mother of the woman who died, again from the Seattle Times. And also from the Seattle Times story: "Health Care for America Now" which is George Soros, Obama and SEIU, "paid to take the boy and his grandmother to DC." So the whole thing was orchestrated by the SEIU. The boy's aunt, grandmother, whatever it is, Gina, works for the SEIU. The SEIU... In other words, a woman who got treatment at two different hospitals without health insurance, her illness and death are being exploited by the union that her mother works for -- and now the kid's trip was paid for by the union. SEIU and all of this, that's Obama.
RUSH: A little more research on the Washington Community Action Network. Technically, these people are not SEIU but they are involved with them. It's close. I want to be accurate here. They're not SEIU, but they're very much involved. And here is their basic stated mission: "to achieve economic fairness in order to establish a Democratic society characterized by racial and social justice --" which just means redistribution of wealth, that's what social justice means, "-- with respect to diversity and a decent quality of life for those who reside in Washington State." They got 50,000 members. That's who the mother of the woman who died works for, still the woman died. And then the woman's death is exploited by these people, along with the 11-year-old kid.