RUSH: Here's Ron in Pittsburgh. Great to have you on the program. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I was at a wedding down in your neck of the woods, Jupiter, just about a week or so ago. I ran into a friend of mine there who's at one of the major accountant and consulting firms. He was telling me all about his new assignment. He's being transferred. I don't want to tell you the state, and you'll understand why when we talk about it. But anyway, he's setting up has a $12 million contract to put together the information for the state that he's working for under contract by the federal government to let them know what's going to be involved in them setting up their state insurance exchange.
RUSH: Wait a minute. The state is paying a consultant to tell them what they have to do to set up the exchange?
CALLER: The Feds are paying this contractor.
RUSH: Oh, the Feds are paying to tell the state what they have to do?
CALLER: Now, interestingly enough, this is one of 15 states that they have contracted to do this for. It's a two-year contract, and he said the biggest problem is the only people that seem to know what's going on are the consultants. The state doesn't know and the Feds don't know. So they're sort of making this stuff up as they go along.
RUSH: That is exactly the problem. We were talking about this yesterday. This is so massive, so complex, that there is nobody who understands it.
CALLER: It's weird, because you think, "Okay, this stuff is supposed to actually be operational, and some states have already signed up for it." Well, how could they possibly sign up for something that hasn't even been finished defining yet?
RUSH: The law mandated they sign up for it by last October, I think, or maybe they got an extension to January/February this year. But the law mandated they sign up by then. Some states said, "Screw it! We're not signing up at all," and then the federal government has to go in and do those exchanges in those states itself, and they don't know what they're doing, either. It's so big, it's so massive, that nobody knows what the law requires. Folks, it is not sustainable. It is gonna collapse, which is not really good, because it's a mess the people in power are gonna have to "fix" with yet another health care law. It's just gonna be an absolute disaster.