RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, there is a story in Forbes magazine today. Now, some of you might think I shoulda gotten to this at the top of the program, but it just happens the way it happens each and every day. "Why The White House Is Panicking About ObamaCare." Forbes. "Why The White House Is Panicking About ObamaCare." Would you like to take a wild guess what this story says, Mr. Snerdley, as to why the White House is panicking over Obamacare? And look, if you're wrong, don't be embarrassed. I mean, there are wrong answers, but it's not guaranteed that any --
No. The reason that this guy, John Goodman is his name, the writer of the story, he says the White House is panicking because people aren't signing up. "Actors. Actresses. NFL football players. Baseball players. Librarians. Mayors. City councilmen. Members of AARP. The Obama administration is looking far and wide, leaving no stone unturned in a relentless search for…well…for help."
By the way, there's a Washington Post story today that says the -- honestly, now -- the administration is gonna be advertising Obamacare in porta-potties. They have contracted, and they're gonna put stickers inside porta-potties at eye level promote Obamacare, which, when you stop and think about it, is a great place to have stickers on Obamacare, at eye level in a porta-potty. But they're doing this, Goodman says, 'cause they're desperate, they're looking for help.
"Help with getting people to enroll in health insurance plans this fall. And why is that? Because the administration is facing the very real possibility that its signature piece of legislation may fall flat on its face. Last week’s announcement that the employer mandate will be delayed for a year and that income verification for people getting subsidies will also be delayed are the latest signs of trouble. The next shoe to drop may be the failure for people to obtain (ObamaCare) insurance -- even if it’s free or highly subsidized."
And he offers some statistics. They are these. "About one in every four individuals who are eligible for Medicaid in this country has not bothered to enroll. About one in five employees who are offered employer-provided health insurance turns it down; among workers under 30 years of age, the refusal rate is almost one in three. Think about that for a moment. Millions of people are turning down (Medicaid) health insurance, even though it’s free! Millions of others are turning down their employers’ offers. Since employees pay about 27% of the cost of their health insurance, on the average, millions of workers are passing up the opportunity to buy health insurance for 27 cents on the dollar."
I don't know that they know that. I'd be surprised if people think about it that way, but people aren't signing up. If that's true, that's another reason why they're advertising. They need people in this entitlement. They need people signed up for this to make it impossible to repeal it someday.
RUSH: Now, listen told this from the Washington Post article on selling Obamacare. "In Connecticut, selling Obamacare involves airplanes flying banners across beaches. Oregon may reel in hipsters with branded coffee cups for their lattes. And in neighboring Washington, the effort could get quite intimate: The state is interested in sponsoring portable toilets at concerts.
"The advertisements, developed with political consultants and communications firms, illustrate the ability of the health-care law’s supporters to pinpoint the precise group they want to sign up for Obamacare," people that use Porta Potties. Stop and think of that. Anyway, they're having trouble getting people to sign up. Frankly, when I saw this Forbes story, I was surprised. I really was. I feared...
You know, Obama's been out there telling people it's free. We've had people call here who heard the same thing. I'm sure you've talked to people who have regaled you with stories about people in their offices who are all excited that health care's free, and that Obama's making it happen. Obama said that your premium's gonna go down $2500 if it isn't free. You keep your doctor; you keep your policy.
None of that turns out to be true, but enacted people are not signing up in droves actually does make sense when you compare that to the polling data which says anywhere (depending on the poll) from 55 to 63% of the people do not want this. Fifty-five to 63% of the people polled don't want Obamacare -- and, as such, suspect something. So they're not signing up for it. Now, the exchanges are not actually officially open.
But nevertheless this guy at Forbes has done the research and found out that people are just not signing up -- young people particularly, and that's who the regime really wants. They need them to pay the freight! They need young people who are not gonna be pulling much out of the system in terms of health care treatment, paying the freight for the elderly who need all the care.
That's not happening, and that's why Obama's hitting the pavement and running around out there selling it now and they're taking all these measures to convince people to sign up. They need a bunch of things here. They not only need people to sign up for Obamacare to protect it... I mean, the more people who sign up, the tougher it's ever gonna be to repeal it, for example.
But they also want people to use Obamacare as a gateway to more government dependence. So the more people that sign up for Obamacare, the more they're signing up to be lifelong Democrats. But millions of people are turning down Medicaid health insurance, even though it's free. One in three workers under 30 is not signing up for Obamacare. No wonder they're going to these lengths to get people to sign up.