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Do We Have to Read from the Affordable Care Act to Prove Obama's Medicare Cuts?

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RUSH: Roanoke, Virginia, and Kathy, you're up.  Great to have you here.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush, dittos from the city where Barack Obama proclaimed that I didn't build my business.

RUSH:  (laughing) I tell you, women on this show have been on fire today.

CALLER:  Listen.  I just wanted to respond to a previous caller that you had today.  She was talking about pulling out the page from the Affordable Health Care Act, Obamacare, about where it talks about he's cut the $716 billion from Medicare.  Betsy McCoy [sic] was on Fox this morning as a panelist, and she pulled it directly from the Affordable Care Act, the page and the paragraph where it talks about that doctors are going to be receiving less money for those Medicare patients in order to bump up the Medicaid, and she debated it and talked about it, it's in her book, and I just thought it was wonderful to finally hear someone talk about exactly where it was in the act and what page.

RUSH:  You're referring to Betsy McCaughey. 

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  She spells it in a way that it doesn't look like McCaughey, so that's why you think it's "McCoy."  It looks like that, but it's McCaughey. She has been a noted health care expert since the first days of Hillarycare.  She has written books, commented extensively on it.  I didn't see her on Fox yesterday morning.  But if she went to the page and read from it -- that caller was a woman from Philadelphia.

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  And what she wants Romney and Ryan to do then, you know, take that affordable care thing up there and actually read from it. 

CALLER:  Well, what concerns me is, you know, in my business I deal with a number of senior citizens, and I was talking about it to some of them this morning, and their response to me is, "Are we gonna be told about this?"  And, you know, I'm saying --

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  -- are you not educating yourself, are you not reading, are you not, you know, and it is a concern for me because I hear them saying this, and they think exactly what the Democrats are trying to portray Romney and Ryan as being, that they're gonna throw them over the cliff, and I just have to reiterate to 'em, you've got to educate yourself.  You've gotta read.  It's not true.

RUSH:  But see, you're doing it for them.  And I think this is important.  Romney and Ryan are doing great on this, but they're up against opposition media that's trying to, A, not cover what they're doing, or mischaracterize it, and I think that we all are in this to try to get the message out to people that don't hear it or don't understand it.  And the real frustrating thing -- let's say you go get a copy of the Affordable Care Act and you get that page, you have your senior citizens come in, you're gonna run into this.  You're gonna read from it, you're gonna show it to 'em, and they're still not gonna believe it because they won't believe that a Democrat would do that.  And then you're gonna really start pulling your hair out, "What more do I have to do?  It's right here.  This is Obamacare.  I'm reading to you: $716 billion of Medicare.  That's you, cut.  And guess what for?  To pay for health care for everybody else."

CALLER:  That's right.

RUSH:  And they're still not gonna believe it.  Some of them are not going to believe it. Look, you think you're frustrated.  Try having a radio show that reaches 25 million people, 25 years, we're now in our 25th year, and I run into people all the time who don't know jack.  I know how frustrating it is, is my point.  I'll go play golf with my friends, and they'll say, "Did you see that column written by X yesterday?" 

I say, "No, what?" 

"Well, it made the greatest point..."

I said that three weeks ago.  I don't say that to 'em 'cause it doesn't matter.  The fact that they end up knowing it is all that matters to me.  I'm just telling you, I know your frustrations.  I can't tell you the number of people who throw back at me things I have said that they read somewhere else.  I want to grab 'em by the collar and say, "You dummkopf." And I say, "What am I doing here?"

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RUSH: By the way, we don't even need the health care bill, folks, for this $716 billion in Medicare cuts. We have the word of the Congressional Budget Office. I mentioned this to you. On July 24th, the CBO sent a letter to John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, detailing the budget impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The CBO letter said, "If Congress overturned the law, spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion." Now, what does that mean?

If we repeal the law -- that means, for those of you in Rio Linda, tear it up and throw it out (like your last parking ticket) -- Medicare spending would increase by $716 billion because it got taken away. Obamacare takes $716 billion out. You know, it's frustrating. It's true! Why do we have to go show all kinds of pieces of paper? It's true! I know the visual aid counts. We'll do whatever it takes. Still, I know it's frustrating. 

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