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I Don't Think Obamacare Can Work, and Obama Doesn't Care If It Does or Not


RUSH: I want to once again expound upon a theory, maybe even make it a prediction.  Folks, Obamacare, I don't think it can work.  I don't think it can be successfully implemented.  Now, that can be disastrous, by the way.  The people in charge of it may not ever realize that and may try to make a go out of an absolute disaster.  But I don't think so.  All of these rules and regulations.  This thing that we just went through, keep your income low, that's how you get your subsidy up, goes against the grain of everything this country's about. 

I know health care is important to people, but administering this is gonna be impossible, even with 16,000 new IRS agents.  People are gonna have to fill out a 61-page form just to qualify for a subsidy at one of these exchanges.  Not every state signed up for the exchange, so some states are not even messing with Obamacare.  Some states are basically punting Obamacare, as much as they can.  And those states, I think, is where the savior in all this is gonna end up being found. 

Kathleen Sebelius doesn't know what the hell she's doing in health care.  Who is she?  Secretary of Health and Human Services.  She doesn't know what she's doing.  And Obamacare has I don't know how many times in it: "as the secretary shall determine."  Look, it's a socialist's wet dream, the power and the control in this thing.  This could end up being like trying to herd cats.  It's just too big.  It's too wieldy.  It's too unresponsive to the real needs that people have.  It's a utopian dream of a bunch of people who've never been in the real world, a bunch of theoretician leftists who sit around and talk amongst themselves at Starbucks and the faculty lounge or whatever.

They think they've got all the answers because they care more than anybody else, they've got all the compassion, and they know who it is that's screwing everybody. It's Big Business and Big Insurance, and so they're gonna get even with all this, and they have no clue how markets work.  They think they can control markets, either with intimidation or with goodwill, either way.  What they have devised here is simply impossible to implement.  It is impossible to track it.  It's too open-ended.  They can add regulations at any time that contradict existing regulations, which is going to happen. 

When something that's in the bill doesn't work, it's, "Oh, well, we'll try this."  It's gonna end up being this giant jigsaw puzzle that nobody could ever put together if they lived forever, because the parts are gonna forever be increasing, changing in size.  It's not gonna be workable.  The day is going to come where the federal government is gonna beg states to bail them out of this.  I don't know if it's ever gonna be fully repealed.  And, by the way, don't misunderstand something.  The last thing in the world these utopian socialists are gonna want to do is get rid of it. 

I don't want to create the false impression that I think a panacea awaits us.  I'm just saying, as devised, as dreamed about, you know who these people are. They're like Obama.  All they've ever done is sit around and chat among themselves and whine and complain about everything going on.  They've got chips on their shoulders about everything.  They're perpetually angry.  They don't like capitalism because they think it's unfair, unequal, unjust. So they've sat around all their lives, and despite everything they believe demonstrably failing every time it's been tried in world history, they think they've got the answer, 'cause they're finally the right people, and they think they've got their hands on all the money now.

They're gonna be the ones that we've all been waiting for.  They're the ones that are gonna do it right, but it doesn't work.  Socialism, massive, total control of people and their lives, even for benevolent purposes, does not work.  It cannot.  It goes against every aspect of human nature and the way we are created.  That's one of my big beefs with socialism and communism, is that, at its base, it is a violation of human creation. It's a violation of human nature.  Socialism, communism, all of these isms simply cannot peacefully co-exist with the natural existence of the human being, just doesn't work.  It never has, and it never will, not as it's on the drawing board, not as it's dreamed about.  It's impossible.  You can't have perfect equality. 

You can't have everybody turn out the same.  You can't have everybody uniformly happy and satisfied and content.  You can't rid the world of all the evil.  You can't rid the world of risk.  You can't keep people from dying.  We can't stop the climate from doing whatever it's going to do.  We can't stop the sun from doing what it's gonna do. We can't change the weather, anything about it. We can't alter one thing that bothers these people, because we are not God.  They think they can be.  None of what they believe is practical.  They can make it sound good on paper.  They can get a guy like Obama who can deliver great, lofty, meaningless speeches that make you think that a panacea awaits if we just put the right one guy in charge, which is what we did in 2008, in people's minds. 

But the bottom line is it contradicts basic human nature at almost every turn.  Liberalism, socialism, communism, whatever you want to call it, whatever ism you want to attach to it.  Because a human being is not destined to be controlled.  A human being's outcome in life is not something he or she naturally turns over.  Few people might; masses of humanity never will. Isn't going to happen.  That's why they have to be coerced into this system.  That's why they have to build a wall around a country to keep people in because it is such a bastardization of the normal, natural human existence.  It's why this country's exceptional, 'cause it's the first country traditionally, officially formed that states the exact opposite of the tenets of socialism and communism. 

Socialism and communism are based on false premises.  It's based on the premise that every human being is an SOB, except the liberals.  It's based on the proposition that most people aren't worth scum.  It's based on the proposition that nobody can take care of themselves. It's based on the proposition that people, populations, are made up of people who exploit everybody else.  It's based on the proposition that if there just are some good vibes around, everybody can have the same thing everybody else has, that everybody can be happy, that we can eliminate misery, we can eliminate suffering, we can eliminate risk, we can eliminate losing, we can eliminate pain, and we can't. 

If you do all that, you are eliminating life.  And liberalism is essentially saying they don't like life as it is.  They set about to change it.  They don't like the terms, but they can't.  And that's what Obamacare is.  Obamacare is all of that.  Obamacare exists in anger.  Obamacare exists on one false premise after another.  And it's been created by a bunch of people that have lived lives that have not come in contact with real-world situations.  They are in glass houses, or faculty lounges, or protected areas of some other kind, and they sit around and they theorize. 

Like we've all done, many times at your job, you've sat around, you know how to do it better than the boss does, you know how to treat people better, you know how to make it more profitable.  These people on the left do that constantly, daily.  It's their natural existence about everybody else's life, not just a job or a company.  But it flies in the face of nature, natural law, common sense.  Socialism and communism cannot peacefully exist anywhere, but especially not here.  Not in a country where people's expectation is to be left alone, expectation is economic and moral freedom.  And it doesn't permit any of that.  Socialism, communism must, by definition, tell you what you can't do. 

The way this country's formed, our Constitution tells them what they can't do to us.  What the leftists want is a Constitution that permits them to do whatever they want to us.  In their minds, it's for us.  But it's not; it's to us.  And this Obamacare is an absolute disaster.  It's impossible to implement.  It's impossible for this to work.  It can't.  It can work in somebody's dream, but it cannot work.  Our culture, our country, our society, human beings are too complex.  Every life is different.  Every circumstance is different. 

You cannot devise on a piece of paper a law, an idea, or a plan that will accommodate virtually every human possibility in the ebb and flow of every day life in a country like this or any other country, you just can't do it.  And as I see all these stories that could have been published before this was voted on, all this stuff that these health care experts are just now finding out, it was known, it was in there, the 61-page form to apply for a subsidy.

All we want to do is go to the doctor!  What the hell is this subsidy?  A 61-page form.  What is this?  I've got a cold.  I want to go to the doctor.  I want to find out if I'm sicker than I think I am.  I just need some tests.  That's all I want to do and then I want to leave, I want to go home.  I don't want to have feel like I'm studying for a final exam, have to write a thesis as a doctoral candidate would.  I just want to go to the doctor, and that's not what Obamacare is about.  It's not about you going to the doctor.  It's about them telling you what's good for you and what isn't and not letting you do what you want to do if they don't approve of it in any walk of life. 

But, folks, it's too big, it's too unwieldy, it's too unenforceable.  Even with all the jackbooted thugs the world has had in history, they can't enforce this.  There are too many people that are gonna say, "The hell with this."  Private organizations of doctors and patients are gonna spring up undercover, black market.  People who can afford it are gonna pay a doctor X-amount per year. The doctor is gonna have an office that nobody knows where it is except the patients.  The doctor's gonna do fine, the patients are gonna get treated, Obamacare is not gonna be a factor.  They have had freedom, financial ability to do it.  Things like that, though. 

The states are gonna be asked to bail them out.  And in that reality lies the hope of ridding this monstrosity from our culture.  The federal government at some point saying, "We can't do this. We can't implement it."  Now, they may never admit that.  They may continue to try against all the odds.  The evidence is they will.  But this is bigger than anything they've ever tackled.  And, by the way, what have they ever fixed that they've taken on?  By the way, I don't mean to insult them personally.  The federal government cannot fix poverty.  People in poverty get themselves out of it.  People without jobs find jobs.  The government can't do this, was never intended to do this. 

The sooner we can disabuse as many people as possible that the government is their answer and instead let them know that they are the answer, the better off we're gonna be.  This is what the Republican Party ought to be doing, rather than trying to emulate the Democrat Party in a nicer way, whatever that would be. 


RUSH:  Let me give you an example.  Let me give you an example of that which I was just discussing.  I have here a piece in TIME Magazine, the latest issue, it's by Joe Klein.  Big-time liberal Democrat acolyte thinks Obama is the greatest human being who's ever lived.  Title of his piece, headline:  "Obamacare Incompetence."  Here's Joe Klein. 

"Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores -- called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.

"This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all --the federal government’s own health benefits plan," blah, blah, blah, "Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges -- their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation -- deserve a great deal of the 'credit' for the debacle. But we are now seeing weekly examples of this Administration’s inability to govern."

It's exactly my point.  Every day there's a new headline on a new surprise about a new cost, a new obstacle that nobody knew was there, although they did know, they just didn't report it.  But that's what Klein's talking about.  Every week now examples of this regime's inability to govern.

"Just a few weeks ago, I reported on the failure of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to come up with a unified electronic health care records system. There has also been the studied inattention to the myriad of ineffective job training programs scattered through the bureaucracy. There have been the oblique and belated efforts to reform Head Start. ... Yes, the president has faced a terrible economic crisis -- and he has done well to limit the damage," blah, blah, blah. "But, as a Democrat -- as someone who believes in activist government -- he has a vested interest in seeing that federal programs actually work efficiently. I don’t see much evidence that this is anywhere near the top of his priorities. One thing is clear: Obamacare will fail if he doesn’t start paying more attention to the details of implementation."

Mr. Klein, if I may, I know you don't care much for me, but you should remember when we met in New Hampshire in 1992, I think, you warned me about the Republicans back then. You told me back then, Mr. Klein, they were destroying conservatism.  I want you to know I remember that.  Mr. Klein, he doesn't care, is the answer.  The president doesn't care.  I'll expand on it if you want. 


RUSH:  I want to expand on this Joe Klein story for a second.  He's written here in TIME Magazine that Obama has dropped the ball on the implementation of Obamacare. Obama incompetence.  And he writes here: "Obamacare will fail if he doesn’t start paying more attention to the details of implementation. ... Sooner or later, the Democrats may come to understand that making it run efficiently is the prerequisite for maintaining power."


Now, I'm here to tell you this cannot be run efficiently.  It's too big, it's too unwieldy.  It would be like one person trying to run the Pentagon, if I can bring back that analogy.  Can't happen.  Too big, too much, not possible for one person to be in charge of all the different committees, be up to speed, it's too unwieldy, it cannot be run efficiently.  But I want to say again to Mr. Klein, as I say, he doesn't care much for me, but I remember, I went to Manchester, New Hampshire, and I think it was 1992.  It was February, I remember that, it was early on in this program's life, and the occasion was Ronald Reagan's birthday. There was a big dinner, and it was '92 because it was part of the New Hampshire primary.

I remember Pat Buchanan knocking on my door, my hotel room, when I had Bill Bennett in there. I opened the door, and Buchanan saw Bennett, there was eye contact, and then Pat said he'd come back later.  Bush was president, but the thing I remember -- I'm getting off on tangents here.  The next day -- this was Saturday night -- I remember I made speech, talked about how much I loved Reagan.  I was just working for a baseball team when Reagan was president for the most part.  The second term I was doing a show like this in Sacramento. I did my tribute to Reagan.  Jack Kemp, I mean, everybody in the Republican Party was at this thing.  And the press was covering it accordingly. 

Nackey Loeb from the Manchester Union Leader was there.  Ed Rollins was the emcee of the event.  The next day at the airport, Joe Klein, in his trench coat, came up to me, and he was in a hurry, I think it was in the airport, he was moving on to the next thing, and he said, "Rush, Rush, these guys, you gotta open your eyes, these guys," and he was talking about the Bushies. "These guys are destroying criticism," then he was off.  And I'm just telling you this 'cause he'll hear about it.  I just want him to know that I remember it.  And Mr. Klein, I'm responding here to your piece.  I'm sincere as I can be, and I don't say this in a partisan, critical way.  This is as objective as I can get. 

Barack Obama doesn't care about the implementation of Obamacare.  Barack Obama doesn't know what's in it.  What Barack Obama does is keep score, and he got national health care, and it's for other people to deal with.  He's playing golf.  Maybe I shouldn't say that because that's gonna be interpreted as being provocative, and I'm not trying to be provocative here.  I'm really trying to get Klein to consider, Obama doesn't care about this.  "Obamacare will fail if he doesn't start paying more attention to the details of implementation."  The details of anything bore him.  Mr. Klein, why was he constantly saying while campaigning, "If you like your doctor, you get to keep your doctor"?  "Your insurance premiums are coming down $2,500."  None of that was true. 


Now, did he know it wasn't true, or did he really believe those things were gonna happen?  I think the answer is open.  He's a theoretician. He's got a chip on his shoulder. He thinks he's got all the answers, he and his buddies at the faculty lounge. They probably think the insurance companies are the focus of evil in the modern world, and if they're put in charge they can bring the costs down 'cause they're fairer and nicer, and they care more about the little guy, whatever it is they tell themselves.  I don't think Obama's even read the law, Mr. Klein.  I don't think he knows what's in it.  I don't think he cares what's in it.  What he cares about is the notch in the belt.  He got national health care.  The first president in history.  Democrats have been trying for 50 years. 

At the future Obama library and Institute for Social Justice, whatever they call it, there aren't gonna be any testimonials to the details of Obamacare in any of the displays. There's just gonna be a plaque: Obama, first president to get national health care.  'Cause there isn't gonna be any praise to sing about this.  Mr. Klein, all Obama cares or knows about is that he successfully moved one-seventh of the US economy to government control.  And in his world, that equals compassion, power, and success.  The details of this, that's so beneath him.  He doesn't have time.  It's for other people to work that out.  In fact, I would venture to say that if somebody told him there was an implementation problem, he'd say, "Well, fix it," and move on to whatever else interests him that day or that moment. 

But I'm dead serious, Mr. Klein, when I tell you he doesn't care.  It's too beneath him.  Implementation?  That's what laborers do.  The elite don't implement things.  I'm not trying to be provocative.  I'm just trying to think of ways to actually penetrate the protective boundaries that Mr. Klein has set up to protect him from conservatism.  Penetrate 'em.  But if you perceive Obamacare's implementation as a problem, asking him to fix it is not the way to go.  If you really want Obamacare to work, you're gonna have to go to the states and beg them to fix this because they will tell you at the states, they can't deal with it.  They'll tell you at the states, there isn't any money for it.  Everybody, federal government, they'll tell you, "I don't know where we're gonna get the money for this."  There isn't any money for it!  Like there's no money for anything else.  What do you mean, it's been authorized.  That's one thing.  There isn't any money.  Does anybody realize that?  We don't have any money. 

We're spending $1.5 trillion a year more than we're taking in.  We got a $17 trillion national debt.  We don't have any money.  We don't have money for this concert for the sequester with Timberlake.  We don't have any money for this.  We don't have $200 million to give to the brotherhood in Egypt.  We don't have it.  We do not have the money.  Obamacare doesn't have any money, the states don't have any money, there's no money to implement it, there's nobody knows what to do to implement it, and the guy whose name's on the bill doesn't care.  That's not what he's gonna be remembered for.  He's gonna be remembered for transferring one-seventh of the economy to the government and being the first president to get it.  FDR couldn't do it. Woodrow Wilson couldn't do it. JFK didn't get it done. Clinton didn't get it done.  I did. 



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