RUSH: Here's Brian in Detroit. Brian, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, hi, Rush. This is a real pleasure. I've been with you since 1989. It's good to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. You say you're in Detroit. Are you in the city?
CALLER: Well, I work in the city. I live in the suburbs. Yeah, I work in the inner city, a conglomerate of hospitals. But, anyway, we deal with a lot of low-income or no-income people.
RUSH: At what? What do you do?
CALLER: I'm a pharmacist.
RUSH: A pharmacist in Detroit.
CALLER: Yes. A lot of the people that come in believe that Obamacare is free. Even some on my staff, they believe that it was going to be free, and they just got their new insurance, and the bill showed that it doubled or close to doubled, depending on how many hours they get in per week.
RUSH: I know. This is why it's gonna implode. This is why, when this thing fully implements, it's gonna be fun to watch. I know. Brian, let me tell you something: The day this thing passed and the overall bill was signed, I had people like you calling here and sending notes that people in their offices were saying, "Okay, my health care's free now!"
RUSH: That's how they heard Obama selling it.
RUSH: That's what they think it means.
CALLER: I know. They're just totally unaware. They're so uninformed. It's awful, and I feel terrible. I mean, I love this country to death, and I just see it going right down the flush hole with these low-information voters who have no information. They come in for things that are written on prescription pads. Well, just because the doctor writes it on prescription, doesn't mean that it's covered. I mean, they don't pay. They pay for some over-the-counter things that you or I would have to normally pay cash for, but they get it covered on their insurance because it's a form of Medicaid, which covers the prescription.
RUSH: Give me an example. I can't imagine. What over-the-counter is covered by Medicaid?
CALLER: Well, one item is like Claritin syrup, which is an over-the-counter item.
RUSH: What is it? What is Claritin syrup?
CALLER: Claritin syrup, or even Claritin tablets are both over-the-counter. They're antihistamines. They're allergy medicine.
RUSH: Oh, Claritin. These things are covered by insurance?
CALLER: Yes! Oh, yes. They're covered completely, 100%, zero copay for these people. Yeah. Most of the people that we get anyhow have zero copay. (chuckles) When we tell them... Sometimes there's a time that does come that either a prescription item or an OTC item is not covered, and they say, "Well, it's supposed to be free." They really believe in their heart of hearts that it's free! No. Nothing is free. Somebody's paying for it. Somebody along the line is paying for this.
RUSH: They don't care as long as it's not them. You know, it's not just this. A lot of people think a lot of things are free, that they're entitled to it free. This is how the Democrat Party has sold things to these people. This is how the Democrat Party has acquired their voters. I tell you something: The Obamacare ads make you think it's free.
Even the Obamacare ads now promote that. The ads that they are running to promote and sell this in the run-up to the 2014 midterms as they try to change public opinion on the law? The ads they're running now will make certain people think that Obamacare is free. We know that morning after pills are now "free." Remember that controversy? Brian, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.
Open Line Friday, and where are we going next? Give me a little green light. John in Biloxi, Mississippi, it's great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It's a pleasure to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I was just calling because I had a different approach on what Obamacare was probably really intended to do. Um, I have this feeling that maybe it's intended to get some of the low-information voters who already have hatred towards the capitalist system to maybe hate it a little more, considering the fact that a lot of these guys are gonna be losing plenty of hours to it. On top of that they'll be working two jobs, whereas the people that employ them get to avoid having to pay for the health insurance.
So in their minds, they're just getting richer anyway.
RUSH: Well, there's no doubt that's gonna happen. I don't think that was the "purpose" of it. That's an ancillary benefit for Obama. The purpose of Obamacare -- if you're a liberal, the purpose for national health care -- is the control of the population. That's why you want to do it. If you're a big liberal, if you're a huge leftist/socialist, you want health care for control.
Take a look every socialist/communist country and you'll find, at the outset, the dictator is setting the table and making his pitch to the people. Free health care or government-run health care is always among the first two or three things. Because if they get that, they then have total control over the population, because every lifestyle decision and behavior -- every decision that you make, everything you eat, kind of car you drive, everything you do -- is going to have a relationship to health care costs.
That's how they're able to control it.
Vladimir Lenin was the first modern-era dictator to propose universal health care, and it has been a cherished dream of every leftist ever since, including the Nazis, National Socialist Workers' Party of Germany. Health care was right there in the top two things. It is total control of the population. Now, as people lose their jobs or are converted to part time and end up worse on the economic ladder, they are gonna hate the rich even more. So that helps the regime in charge as well 'cause they get to continue to promote class warfare.
RUSH: Got a pop quiz. Snerdley, I'll ask you, as I'm asking everybody else. I'm asked this question all the time. I have answered this question all the time. But I'll ask it again: Why do truth-in-advertising laws not apply to political commercials?
Mmm-hmm. That's exactly right: The First Amendment, freedom of speech clause was specifically written with political speech in mind. The federal government cannot tell somebody what they or can't say in political speech, and political advertising is political speech. So you can say whatever you want in a political ad -- unless you're the Tea Party, and then the IRS will come down on you.
The IRS, in fact, will come down on you before you run any ads, making sure that you don't have the money to run any ads. That was because the IRS probably was directed by Obama to do that. Not directly. He wouldn't have to. I'm rehashing old ground here, but one of the head honchos met with Obama a couple of days before all this started happening. But that's not necessary.
Obama puts people just like himself in all of these positions of authority -- in all the cabinet positions, in as all of the czars -- so he doesn't have to have a paper trail. He doesn't have to send a memo to Eric Holder about what he wants the Justice Department to do. Holder's gonna do it anyway. Holder is Obama. The people of the IRS, they don't need a memo. They don't need instructions.
They're put there because they already hate conservatives. They're put there because they already despise conservatives. They're put there because they already are inclined to have an unlevel playing field for conservatives. This is why liberals want to be in government: To use it as a weapon against their enemies, political opponents. That's what they want to be in government. It's all about power. It's all about control.
It's not about governing.
It's not about all the things they claim to stand for: Fairness and being nice and understanding and being tolerant and compassionate and guaranteeing that there won't be any discrimination. That's not actual. The government's the biggest weapon in this country. It's a giant weapon, and there's all kinds of ammunition that you can put in this weapon, and that's why they want it.
Liberals want to control the government to eliminate their opposition.
So when Obama puts somebody over at the IRS, it's explicitly understood that whoever is there -- and it's not just one person. Whoever is there isn't going to have to be told to make it tough on conservative groups. It's just gonna happen. Same thing at the EPA. Same thing at OSHA. Wherever Obama's gonna put people in appointive or even career positions, this is how liberals use government.
In fact as far as they're concerned, the reasons for government to exist is to advance their agenda and to eliminate any opposition. I mean, the media doesn't need to be told what to do, do they? Do you think Obama has to have a meeting with Matt Lauer or Brian Williams or Chris Matthews or Piers Morgan? (I'd better stop naming names; I'll be here all night.) You think Obama has to have meetings with any of these people to tell 'em what to do every day on their newscasts?
They're gonna do it anyway.
It's who they are. That is why when anybody gets hired by a news network, they're hired on the basis of what their already known inclinations are. Are you conservative or you liberal? It's not even asked. Conservatives aren't even hired, much like it is in Hollywood.
RUSH: Here's Rob in Glen Cove, New York. Hi, Rob. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, good afternoon, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: Very well. Thank you.
CALLER: Good. Thanks for taking my call. You know, in terms of some of these political people deciding whether they should go after the repeal of Obamacare before 2014 or not, I just want to tell you and your audience that the rates came out for the exchanges here in New York last Thursday. The average premium -- I've been doing health care for 23 years -- the average premium for the cheapest plan for a person over 30 years of age is about $415 a month, and that includes a $3,300 deductible. And, from my experience, that's also based on your modified adjusted gross.
RUSH: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Four hundred and how much a month?
RUSH: 415. So we're basically looking at $4800 a year.
CALLER: Right. But you get no help from the government in terms of a premium tax subsidy if you make just north of 3750.
RUSH: But I thought Obama was gonna cut everybody's premium $2,500.
CALLER: Well, that's based on the subsidy. The point I'm saying to you is that any young kid who's got student loans, got the car, car maintenance, car insurance, on $3,800 a month, he still has to pay taxes, he still has to pay all the other nuts he's gotta pay in terms of his rent, and if he gets sick for paying 415, he still has a $3,300 deductible.
RUSH: No, he doesn't, because there's an option to pay a fine.
CALLER: Well, that's --
RUSH: Did they publish --
RUSH: -- the cost of the fines?
CALLER: Well, the fine is gonna $95 or 1% of his annual salary. But that's my point, is that, you're right, he's gonna pay the fine; he's not gonna buy the insurance. Hence you're gonna have adverse selection, and you're gonna have only the sickies go onto the exchanges, and it's gonna be even a bigger cost. And the irony is that if you have like a dental issue, you have no coverage at all.
CALLER: For all this money out of pocket.
RUSH: All these people, the 30-and-under crowd you're talking about, they're gonna opt for the fine. By the way, this is part of the plan's design. The fines are so relatively, comparatively inexpensive to the policy, they want young people paying the fine, to suck 'em in by taking the fine and not buying a policy, they're undercutting private sector insurance companies. The whole thing here is designed to put private sector insurance companies out of business. The fines are cheaper for two or three years, and then after that, the fines end up, I mean, they skyrocket, they end up being much more expensive than the policy, after only I think two or three years. And then these young 30-year-olds and under, they are gonna get shocked, because their fine is no longer gonna be cheaper, and the IRS is gonna be after 'em. And their policy, whatever it cost, is gonna be deducted via their taxes because those people and their contributions, whatever we're gonna call 'em, have to subsidize the treatment for the elderly, correct?
RUSH: And that's why they're being sucked in the way they are.
CALLER: Well, I'm just saying to you that it's gonna be a load such that the hook that holds the whole thing together, I don't see this being able to be popularly financed 'cause the benefits are way too rich and the cost on the ground for other costs, other necessities are so high that young people aren't gonna buy it in the first place, they'll just pay the penalty.
RUSH: For a while. For a while. The penalty goes away after two or three years, by design. Look, this is not insignificant. Those fines are cheap to attract people. They want the young not buying insurance. Health insurance companies can't exist without customers. The objective is to eventually have, in 10 years, everybody required to go to the government because that's gonna be the only place you can go to get insurance, and then they own everything. The purpose of the fines is to put private sector insurance out of business, eventually.
What's to stop 'em from going off the grid? The income tax form. By off the grid you mean going cash economy? Well, that's why this thing -- I mean, Rob said it. The numbers don't work out. The benefits so far outweigh what is gonna be contributed, for lack of a better word, it can't fly. Now, there's a Wall Street Journal story today that Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, Louisiana governor, Wisconsin governor respectively, they're out there talking about this, that Obamacare is simply unworkable. It cannot work. And the point they make -- I'll just read from the piece, a pull quote.
"The slightly larger problem is that the Obama administration doesn't have a health-care plan. Yes, the White House has a law with thousands of pages, but the closer we get to Oct. 1, the day government-mandated health-insurance exchanges are supposed to open, the more we see that the administration doesn't have a legitimate plan to successfully implement the law."
There is no framework. There's simply 2,200 pages of liberal utopia panacea crap page after page after page, but there is no systematic blueprint to tell people how to implement this and what to do. It doesn't exist, because that was not the purpose of this.