RUSH: Okay, let's get back to a little news here, folks. This is from... let's see. Well, I know the writer, Avik Roy. I don't know which website it is. It's a Forbes website? All right. Okay. That didn't print, and it doesn't matter. It's real.
Delta Airlines says that next year, because of Obamacare, their health care costs are going to increase by nearly $100 million. Now, Avik Roy is a contributor at National Review Online as well. "We know that Obamacare will significantly increase the cost of individually-purchased health insurance in nearly every part of the country. But we’ve generally assumed that disruptions in the market for employer-sponsored health insurance will be less severe."
No, we haven't. Now, this is where -- gosh, I gotta be real careful here. I don't want to insult anybody. But why in the world did anybody think that employer provided health care disruptions would be less? The whole point has been to destroy them. The whole point of Obamacare is to get rid of employer provided or privately held insurance and force people to either a state exchange or ultimately to the federal government single payer. The whole point of Obamacare has been to disrupt everybody's relationship that they currently have.
Obama went out there all of those times literally lying to you and me about if you like your doctor, you get to keep it, if you like your plan, you get to keep it. You aren't going to be able to keep it. And if you do keep it, it's gonna cost you or your employer or both of you through the nose. But the whole point of this is to disrupt the status quo. The whole point of Obamacare is to make such a mess -- if I can just cut to the quick and give the simplest explanation. The whole point of this is to create such a mess that the only place people want to go to get health insurance is the government. And this is so outrageous.
How many times have I detailed for you how much money I save not using insurance. I just go to doctor, go to hospital, negotiate the price, and walk out of there and pay for it. A lot of people can do this. You don't have to have tons of money to be able to do this, take installment plan payments like everybody else does. But everybody's so conditioned that they can't get treated unless they've got health insurance. Everybody's like sheep in this, can't even have an average doctor visit without insurance. I think it is a crying shame. I think it is literally a disservice to the people of this country what's been done, attitudinally. There is, I would say, easily a huge majority, vast majority, of people who believe that without health insurance they're gonna die. That's why it's such a big deal to people.
You talk about PR campaigns and scare campaigns, people really think that they can't go through life without a health insurance policy. Stop and think of that. Think of the prison that puts people in. When the odds are most people could go through life and only need a catastrophic insurance policy. You don't need to go to the doctor every time something doesn't feel right. You don't have to go to the doctor every time you got the sniffles.
RUSH: I describe a lot of what I do as participating in life by observing it. And I do. And you know me, I told you, I never go with the flow, and I am never part of the conventional wisdom. I studiously avoid it. And I watch with a mixture of amazement, sadness and disappointment as people get grouped like sheep, easily so. I don't know what it's like to be conscious every day and my foremost fear being my health insurance and whether or not I've got it and am gonna keep it or what have you. But for a lot of people it's everything. It's the only thing. And that exists, the reason people think that way, can't really blame 'em, 'cause every day of their lives they are told that food or that beverage is gonna kill 'em or give them this disease or that disease or their genetics incline them to alcoholism or Parkinson's or whatever.
And every day, multiple times a day, the people of this country are inundated with what's gonna kill them, what's gonna make 'em sick. And they believe it all. Otherwise these fad foodstuff wouldn't get started and have a life. But it does. And so health insurance, I mean, it's such a big thing it can determine who wins and loses elections. And the answer to it is right there in the free market, like that Wall Street Journal piece said yesterday, and I've commented on several times. Get rid of the third-party payer. Reestablish a relationship between the product or service and the consumer, the customer paying for it. If there's no third party, I'll guarantee you it'll be priced in such a way that people can afford it.
A business will not stay in business if it charges prices nobody can pay. Well, the health industry charges prices nobody can pay, but that's okay because somebody makes the payment. And they get it back in your health insurance policy. You're paying for it one way or the other. You're just not paying for it directly. You're going through a third-party, we all are. Everybody is paying whatever the Band-Aid in the hospital is, $60, I forget. You're paying that because somebody's willing to pay it. The government, an insurance company, somebody's willing to pay it, and the reason they're willing to pay it is because they're able to get it back from you, except you don't think you're buying a $60 Band-Aid. You think you're buying your life with your health insurance policy.
So Obama comes along, takes something that was already broken and has decided to destroy it, under the guise while telling people they're gonna keep whatever they like and they're gonna get rid of whatever they don't like. And what he's doing is doing nothing but totally creating chaos and anxiety, because this is a left-winger wet dream, health insurance. That equals total control over people's lives. Paying for their health care treatment, paying for their health gives you total control over the way they live. You own 'em. They will do whatever you tell 'em to do and they won't do whatever you tell 'em not to do. And that's how totalitarians routinely attempt to gain total control over the behavior of their populations, nationalized health care.
You go look. Every despot in the world has had some version of nationalized health care as a means of gaining control over his population. Hitler did it. They all do it. Idi Amin Dada, Mao Tse-tung, they all do it, Castro. Best health care system in the world, Cuba? They all do it. Then you got that buffoon, Michael Moore, going down there making a movie, actually trying to validate the idea that Cuba has the best health care system in the world. We do, and there's nobody even close to it, or we did.
So here's Delta Airlines. Next year their health care costs are gonna increase by nearly a hundred million dollars. Now, they're already losing money left and right. Where in the world are they gonna get that? The answer is they aren't. Hello, part-time conversion. Hello, something. Hello, you're on your own. See you at the state exchange. This is on purpose. The idea that Obamacare was gonna be the least disruptive with the employer-employee relationship? That was what was in the crosshairs. That's what had to be turned upside down. That's where everybody was happy. Vladimir Lenin: socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state. I know. Lenin was the first.