Have You Seen the Headline on Drudge?
RUSH: Have you seen the lead headline at Drudge? Folks, you can't make this up. Do you know what the national telephone number is, the national hotline number for Obamacare? It's 1-800-F-U-C-K-Y-O. The number is 1-800-318-2596, and that spells out 1-800-F-U-C-K-Y-O. Can't make it up.
Drudge has it up.
You don't have to say it, but you can read it and pronounce it in your mind. It's right there.
AP: So Much Demand, Obamcare Websites Fail; UKDM: Nobody Signs Up for Obamacare
RUSH: First up from the AP: "Online Delays Signal Strong Demanded for Health Care." This is the AP doing everything it can for their Democrat masters.
So here's the AP and their version here. "Online Delays Signal Strong Demanded for Health Care." Oh, yeah. "Overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up ... That was putting pressure on the federal government and the states ...
"The delays that continued Wednesday offered one good sign for President Barack Obama and supporters of his signature domestic policy achievement, demonstrating what appeared to be exceptionally high interest in the new system." AP, people don't have a choice here! They have to do this, AP! This isn't like some new product has been announced, and there's massive national demand for it.
As usual, you go to the British press for the truth. UK Daily Mail: "Exclusive! Less Than 1% of Visitors are Signing up for Obamacare on State Exchange Websites." At AP, there's so much demand, we can't deal with it! But in the UK Daily Mail, nobody is showing up.
California Overstates Obamacare Website Traffic
RUSH: Here's some other news: "California Exchange Overstated its Web Traffic for Obamacare Launch -- California's health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California," which is a Democrat get-out-the-vote group, that's who's running the exchange, along with NAALCP, the SEIU. "Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day." They reported five million hits. They didn't get five million hits. They originally claimed that that five million hits figure was a sign of really strong consumer interest.
A major reason why people had so much trouble getting in, "Oh, my God, oh, my God, we got five million people trying to get on our website, oh, my God, oh, my God." They didn't. There wasn't, "Katie, bar the door," excitement. There wasn't high interest. Whatever percentage of California population 645,000 is, is it. And in large measure, they did it 'cause they knew they had to, or thought they had to. And some of them, I'm sure, thought they were gonna get a cheaper premium. I'm sure some thought they were signing up for free health care. Don't forget that, either, what these people's expectations are. They think they're getting free health care or very cheap health care and they're not finding that to be the case, at all. In truth, in total there were 514,000 unique online visitors to the California exchange. That 645,000 hits, there are some dupes in there.
Louisiana: No Enrollees on First Day
RUSH: New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Obamacare Website Glitches Leave Blue Cross of Louisiana Without New Enrollees After First Day." Blue Cross and Blue Shield say that they spent $60 million dollars preparing for the opening day of Obamacare. They did not get a single customer in New Orleans, Louisiana. They did not get a single customer in Louisiana. They could not sell any policies because the government website, HealthCare.gov, was down all day. This is particularly rich since Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the insurance company that worked the closest with the regime to give us Obamacare, because they saw massive numbers of new customers mandated by law. One of the reasons the insurance companies went along with this at the outset was they thought, "Oh, my God, mandated? The government is telling people they've got to buy our product? Where do we sign up?"
They couldn't wait. But the regime's exchange didn't work. The website didn't work. Republican states, southern governors, probably clogged up those Internet lines on purpose so people couldn't get in. Now, can I throw something else out there to you people? There are 26 states that do not have an exchange, so they will use HealthCare.gov. Other states do have an exchange like Covered California, they've got their website, and the AFL-CIO and NAACP.
Obamacare Ripe for Identity Theft
RUSH: How long is it going to be, do you think, before fake health care sign-up websites appear, promising you cheap premiums, and here's where you fill out your Social Security number and your name and your address, your e-mail address, your bank account. How many people are gonna end up being defrauded? Do you realize the potential for that here? This could end up being the single biggest threat to individual security and identity security that we have in this country, and it could be brought to you by the Obama administration.
Just the other day -- I'm sure this happens to you -- I got an e-mail that looked exactly like it was from a credit card company I use. It looked exactly like it. It claimed that there had been a fraudulent attempt to use my card, and they needed me to log on and provide some information to ascertain whether or not there had been fraud. I almost, because this particular credit card company's very vigilant about this stuff, thought it was legit, I almost clicked on the link until I noticed I received this thing at an e-mail address that the credit card company doesn't have. So it was a phishing -- p-h-i-s-h.
If I had clicked on that link, who knows what little vermin would be running around my laptop. And those things are common. Supposedly UPS sends them out or American Airlines, you name it, the fraudulent attempts on this stuff are just everywhere. Can you even imagine the hacker creativity there's gonna be with Obamacare? This has the potential to be really, really bad. All kinds of people giving up their Social Security number, thinking they're signing up for Obamacare at really reduced prices. Sign up early, sign up now and save big, low premiums, that kinda thing. You know I'm right.
I'm sure the hackers are already launching. I'm telling you, they probably can't wait for this to happen. You wait 'til it does. And it will. I wish it wasn't gonna happen, but you know people are gonna get lured into this stuff. It isn't gonna be hard, as expensive as health insurance is, you know, a fake website promising all this stuff. And since it's the government, everybody thinks you have to give your Social Security number to the government. You have to do that. That's how they know who you are. There won't be much resistance to it. So there are just countless ways in which this is gonna mess people up big time.
Cruz Draws 100,000 for Tele-Town Hall
RUSH: Do you know, by the way, folks, that Ted Cruz had a teleconference town hall recently? One-hundred thousand participants. One-hundred thousand participants in a teleconference town hall. That is not insignificant.
Now, the question is how does Ted Cruz get 100,000 people on a telephone town hall and Obama cannot get a thousand people to sign up on one of his exchange websites? Did you ever stop to think about that? In California they had all of 515,000 people all day sign up. They lied and said they had five million. They didn't. They had 515,000. Ted Cruz has a teleconference town hall that most of you probably haven't even heard about, 100,000 people on it. Telephone town hall, online. It was last night, and it was on the continuing resolution.
Capitol on Lockdown
RUSH: Now, the US Capitol is on lockdown. There were reports that shots were fired, and the Capitol Police say that there's an active shooter running around, so they have asked people to take shelter where they are. They don't want people leaving the Capitol where are they. If they're in their office, stay there, take shelter there, and no more details, at least I don't know anymore details than that.
RUSH: Apparently there were some shots fired from a car in this Capitol shooting thing and news will be forthcoming as soon as they can find somebody in the Tea Party to blame it on.
Regime Barricades Mount Vernon
RUSH: Here's Bob in Metairie, Louisiana. Great to have you, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hi. Hi, Rush. Great to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: What I was wondering was is if we're in shutdown at the moment and there's no funding for other programs, the question is, how are we funding the work that's going on on Obamacare right now?
RUSH: Well, that's just it, it comes down to this nonessential stuff. It's not really a shut down, is the point. There were seven or eight of them like this during the Reagan administration. These things are common. They're normal tools that are used by both parties in negotiations back and forth. It's not really an uncommon thing. This is not a full-fledged government shut down.
By the way, I don't know if you heard this or not, folks. You may have by now. Mount Vernon, which is the home of George Washington, is privately owned. The federal government tried to shut it down by barricading the parking lots. The parking lots, however, are not under federal purview because it is free parking at Mount Vernon. The only relationship the Feds have to Mount Vernon is the roadways leading to it.
So they tried to blockade the parking lot, and they can't, because Mount Vernon is privately owned. It's not owned by the federal government. The land is not owned by the federal government. Mount Vernon itself is not a national monument, it's not a national park or any of that, and yet they tried to shut it down.
Now, the reason that that's important is because, and based on Bob's question here, Obama is choosing certain things to shut down, like the Grand Canyon, like the American cemetery at Normandy, in France, like the World War II memorial. These are things Obama himself or people very close to him are deciding to shut down for maximum impact because they believe that the Republicans are going to get blamed. Obamacare is mandatory spending so they can't shut that down, just like they can't stop sending out Social Security checks, that's mandatory and so forth.
Now when you get to the debt limit, which Obama says does not mean new debt, that's when even mandatory spending is affected, because the government has to borrow to spend it. We don't have it! They have to borrow it. And if the debt limit isn't raised, and we've reached it, they can't legally borrow anything. Therefore there isn't any money to pay for those checks. And Obama's already thrown that card out, using the well-known time and tested politics of fear.