RUSH: From the Washington Examiner: "For the first time since 1981, when it dubbed sex-change operations 'experimental,' Medicare has opened the door --" What is Medicare? Can somebody tell me off the top of your head what is Medicare? By definition, what is it? As opposed to Medicaid. See, nobody here even knows. They're afraid to tell me, because they're not confident that they would know the answer. Medicare is health care for the elderly, for seasoned citizens. Medicaid is health care for the poor. Keep that in mind.
"For the first time since 1981... Medicare has opened the door to covering transexual operations, adding to the growing list of operations that would be allowed under Obamacare."
RUSH: The Medicare under Obamacare is now gonna start doing sex-change operations, is the point. I didn't finish that story. "For the first time since 1981, when it dubbed sex-change operations 'experimental,' Medicare has opened the door to covering transexual operations, adding to the growing list of operations that would be allowed under Obamacare. Acting on a new request, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is starting a new analysis that could lift the spending ban for sex-change operations with a goal of making a decision two days after Christmas and on the eve of Obamacare kicking in Jan. 1."
Now, Medicare is for the elderly. How many elderly people want addadictomy operations? Maybe more than we knew. Heck, who the hell knows anything anymore. I mean, we're getting to the point where the elderly are going to be named Biff and Muffy. So who knows. I just wanted to complete the thought that Medicare, which is medical care for the elderly, are now going to be providing coverage for sex-change operations, which I didn't know was a health problem.
I thought it was an elective preference based on the fact that you thought you got screwed in the womb, you should have born in a way that you weren't. So you want to get that fixed. Fine and dandy. I guess they're now a civil right. Sex-change operations are a civil right.
RUSH: Ellen, Clearwater, Florida. I'm glad you waited. It's great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Hi. Thank you for taking my call. I think I should clear up a little bit about the Medicare for you. I'm disabled. I worked 40 years, and about ten years ago I became disabled, and I'm on SSDI, okay, so it's because I paid into it because I worked. You are able to get Medicare after two -- well, this is how it was. I don't know how it's gonna be with Obamacare. You were able to get Medicare coverage after two years of being disabled on SSDI.
CALLER: Okay. So --
RUSH: How hard was it to learn this?
CALLER: Well, I worked for the State of Florida. So I kinda knew it, but --
CALLER: -- when I became disabled, I didn't know that there was a two-year wait for Medicare. I found that out through Social Security, and it's like, but I'm disabled, so, I mean, I had to, on $800 ten years ago, figure out how I was gonna pay for all my medications. My doctor said I became very creative. (laughing)
RUSH: I'm not surprised.
CALLER: Well, like, one time I went for, you know, they have those trial things that you sign up for? I couldn't afford to go to the doctor, so I signed up for that, got all my blood work, told them I forgot and then gave it to my other doctor.
RUSH: Very, very creative, yeah, you're exactly right.
CALLER: And at the time with my prescriptions, they were more -- I was transferring all over to get gift cards so I could buy --
RUSH: Wait a minute, hold it. I want to know how you scammed this. Tell me again what you did with prescriptions?
CALLER: I'm not a scammer.
RUSH: Oh, pardon me. I misunderstood.
CALLER: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Okay. It was creative.
RUSH: Oh. I'm sorry. I misunderstood.
CALLER: No, I was creative.
RUSH: I thought because you worked for the State of Florida you --
CALLER: Oh, no, no, no, no,
RUSH: -- learned the ins and outs and all that.
CALLER: No. I mean, I didn't qualify for food stamps because I was $20 over the monthly income.
RUSH: But you could have fixed that?
RUSH: Well, just say that you weren't $20 over.
CALLER: You have to bring documentation in.
RUSH: How do you document that? Because you know people are scamming food stamps. What is the documentation?
CALLER: Actually, the paper from Social Security saying how much you're gonna be getting. And then plus they have notifications when someone goes on Social Security that goes to the food stamp area.
RUSH: So Social Security will provide evidence of whether you qualify for food stamps or not?
CALLER: Right. No, well, they'll tell you the income, and then depending on the state, you know, how much -- what they consider --
RUSH: Well, how does Social Security know what your income is?
CALLER: Because you have to report -- Social Security deducts. This is before. This is, you know, when you're working --
RUSH: Oh. Oh. Oh. That's where I was getting confused. When you're working. Okay.
CALLER: I worked for 40 years. I worked from when my father died when I was 14.
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah, okay.
RUSH: Forgive me. I thought --
CALLER: It shows you on that.
RUSH: I didn't know work was involved in here.
CALLER: No, no. To get the SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance --
CALLER: -- you had to have worked.
CALLER: And then, when you worked --
RUSH: What you're gonna tell me here is that there's probably, on Medicare, via SSDI a two-year window where you can qualify for an addadictomy?
CALLER: No. You have to wait two years.
RUSH: You have to wait two years --
RUSH: -- to get the addadictomy.
CALLER: When I became disabled I had to wait two years to get on Medicare. So I pretty much went two years with no medical, except out of pocket.
RUSH: That's not fair. Who make you do that?
CALLER: The government. That's how it works. You can't get Medicare --
RUSH: You had to pay out of your pocket?
CALLER: I had to pay out of my pocket for my medicines. So that's why I would go and get my medicine and then get a gift card.
RUSH: That's not America. (crosstalk)
CALLER: -- promotions back then --
RUSH: Pay for it herself.
CALLER: -- so that I could buy toilet paper this month.
RUSH: Really, so you were faced with that dilemma?
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah.
RUSH: Prescriptions or toilet paper?
CALLER: Wow. (laughing) I got the gift card so I could buy the stuff that I needed.
RUSH: Gift card. Yes. Yes. Yes.
CALLER: Because you've seen in the paper where it's like "transfer this prescription, you get a $25 gift card."
RUSH: Yeah, I saw that, where you transfer your prescription, sure. The way it worked, you transfer your prescription, and you get a gift card.
CALLER: Right. And then when that month was over another store would have it and then I transferred to like the other pharmacy, get the gift card and the next month transfer it back to the original one when they had another. Now they're stricter. Now it's like you could do one in six months, but, you know, we're talking ten years ago when it was more lenient.
RUSH: Are they tightening down on you or the pharmacist?
CALLER: Oh, no, the pharmacy is because I assume a lot of people are doing this.
CALLER: You know, so now it's like one every six months you could get. But no, I didn't get in any trouble. The pharmacists were actually nice. It was like, okay, you know, if you bring one in today and then you bring one in next week, we could do both cards.
RUSH: Wait. Bring what in? A transfer?
CALLER: I had like seven prescriptions that I was paying out of pocket.
CALLER: So the one pharmacist said, "Okay, if you do this one today, when you come to pick up the other one, bring this and we could do another gift card for you."
CALLER: Either new or transferred, yeah.
RUSH: How in the world, Ellen, were you able to keep up with all of this?
RUSH: What is your disability?
CALLER: Bipolar, major depression, anxiety. There was insomnia. I take medicine for thyroid. Really, really bad arthritis now. Oh, God, what else?
RUSH: That's pretty bad.
RUSH: Pretty bad.
CALLER: Yeah, I mean I have it really bad in my spine and in my knees, and it's like if I stand ten minutes, my knees start to sink where it's like I'm sticking to the floor, and if I sit too long then it starts with my spine.
RUSH: Did you by any chance play basketball or football in school?
RUSH: That could have the reason. But you didn't.
CALLER: No. But if they worked -- (crosstalk)
RUSH: Do you have high blood pressure by any chance?
CALLER: -- two years, if you're collecting the Social Security disability, and it has to be SSDI, okay, because SSI is for people who have never worked.
RUSH: Right, as opposed to SSDI. SSI for people who haven't worked.
CALLER: Right. And I don't know the one for when the Cuban people come over, Social Security, one of the girls I worked with, she came with Cuba --
RUSH: What do the Cuban people have to do with this?
CALLER: There is a division in SSI that when they come over to the country they get $300 a month Medicaid and food stamps.
RUSH: When they get off the boat.
RUSH: Or the raft, whatever.
CALLER: I don't know how Rubio's gonna do this because he's first generation.
RUSH: How he's gonna do what, qualify?
CALLER: No. How he's gonna cut back with immigrations.
RUSH: Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh.
CALLER: Because, you know, who's gonna vote for him, you know, the Latino vote won't vote for him down in Miami if he gets rid of the Social Security --
RUSH: Do you -- (crosstalk)
CALLER: Because when she told me this it's like, "You're lying to me." She's like, "No."
RUSH: Ellen, do you just have to tell people that you have depression?
CALLER: Oh, no, no, no. I have major depression and I have bipolar.
RUSH: I know, but do you just have to tell them that, or is it obvious, or do you have to have documentation?
CALLER: Documentation and --
RUSH: From a doctor and a pharmacist?
CALLER: Well, no, I was going to counseling, and then the counselor suggested a psychiatrist to me, and then I was going to him and it was diagnosed.
RUSH: I see. I see.
CALLER: And that was while I was still working.
RUSH: Did you have to prove that you have insomnia?
CALLER: Yeah, well, I would go, you know, two, two-and-a-half days without sleeping.
RUSH: Yeah, but how did you prove that?
CALLER: I mean, I told them.
RUSH: And they just believed it?
CALLER: Well, with the other things that were going on and what we were talking about --
RUSH: I guess it would be kind of conclusive.
CALLER: Yeah. And then I got the medication for that.
CALLER: I tell you, I've learned a lot from you.
RUSH: You've learned a lot from me?
CALLER: I've only been listening to you for about three months 'cause my computer died and I don't have cable, 'cause I can't afford it, and I was having a hard time sleeping.
RUSH: Well, there's gotta be a program for that.
CALLER: And please don't take offense to this. I started listening to talk radio to help me fall asleep. (laughing) And then when I would wake up, your show was on, and I started listening to it, and it was like, "Okay, he's not as rude as everybody says." 'Cause I was a lifelong Democratic.
CALLER: You know, and now I'm an independent.
RUSH: Well, let me tell you, I'm honored. I appreciate that. This has been a fascinating story. I'm glad to be the one that wakes you up.
CALLER: Yeah, because it was like, oh, my gosh, you know, there's a couple people that I don't like on talk radio. You don't call people stupid. You don't call and scream at them.
RUSH: Right. I just think it, but I don't ever say it.
CALLER: Yeah, there's a couple of them that just like start screaming and, you know, "You stupid liberal."
RUSH: Can't have that.
CALLER: There are certain things --
RUSH: Can't have that.
CALLER: -- that I know you're never gonna change my opinion.
CALLER: You know, but I've learned a lot in the last couple months.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. I am stunned, but I am flattered. I really am. And I gotta go. I just noticed the clock. I'm way long. I've gotta take a break. Ellen, thanks very much, I appreciate it, and we will be back for whatever good it does.