RUSH: Travis in Charleston, South Carolina. I'm glad you waited, sir. You're next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: (bad cell phone) Hey, how you doing, Rush? First of all --
RUSH: I'm fine. Thank you very much.
CALLER: I think the reason Obama (unintelligible) decided to go through Congress was because he wanted to hurt our base. He wanted to divide the base from the Republicans in Congress that are for bombing Syria.
RUSH: Maybe. Although, Travis, to be very honest with you, I don't think he's gotta worry about the Republican Party base; it's already fracturing without anything he's doing. The Republican Party base is being discarded by the Republican Party. I'm sorry to be so blunt. Can you explain to me why the Republican Party doesn't push back on anything? Not anything! I don't care if amnesty, Obamacare, or this.
Well, they are pushing back on this, because the overwhelming poll numbers the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to this, 100% opposed to this. But, folks, I think the Republican Party is looking for a new base. They're tired of the conservatives. While Obama is bypassing Congress, the GOP bypasses its base. If what Obama's trying to do here is dispirit the Republican base by having the GOP go along with him, I don't know that that's gonna end up happening. But I'll think about that.
Here's Montres in Newport News, Virginia. Hi. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Wow. What an honor it is to talk to you.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much. I appreciate that.
CALLER: Yes. It's just a privilege. I'll get right to what I wanted to say. Syria. That's all that's in the news right now, is Syria. You hear it on every news source. Of course, you know, your show is speaking on it, too. But it's like the forefront of every single thing. I feel like, you know, there's such a golden opportunity for people. The Affordable Health Care Act, it's coming up in Congress October 1st. And here Congress is meeting, it was fresh on the ideas of senators and congressmen to bring forth this because so many people, so many Americans -- me and everyone else -- don't want this to be pushed on us, and now Syria's taking forefront.
RUSH: Let me tell you: I know what you're saying. You're worried that Syria's distracting everybody from Obamacare and amnesty and all that, and it is, in places. But I don't know. A lot of people think that Obama created Syria out of the clear blue in order to divert people's attention. People think that kind of thing is possible. He drew the red line back last summer, don't forget. But Obama didn't fire off the chemical weapons. At the time he wanted 'em fired off.
But, look, I understand your concern about this and you think that it's a ploy that will allow Obamacare to not be opposed, no energy for it and so forth. I'm not so sure. The American people haven't forgotten about it, and we don't let them forget about it on this program. I've got an entire Obamacare Stack here. News is continuing to be made. The Heritage Foundation has their Morning Bell blog today: "10 Ways Obamacare Isn't Working."
More companies have announced that they're getting rid of insurance coverage, and a couple of others have said no longer can they afford it. They're pulling out. Unions are furious, and this is not subsided. Just because Syria's in the news doesn't -- 'cause people are affected by it every day. It has not gone away, Montres, and it doesn't have to be discussed 100% all the time every day for it to be on people's minds.
There's also a story here about the new American dream. It's not what you think. Did you hear what the new American dream is? It's not a house. It's having no debt. According to a survey from ABC News. But, the exchanges are not ready to go. These Obamacare guides, these "navigators"? They're way behind in hiring and training them. The whole thing's a mess.
I don't think Obama really cares about that. He doesn't care that it's not ready. He doesn't care that it may not work. All he knows is that it's gonna be the only option people have, if everything else about it works out. With more insurance companies pulling out and more companies converting to part time to eliminate employer coverage, the mess has not gone away, Montres. But I appreciate your fear. I understand your concern.