RUSH: This is Siri in Freeport, Illinois. Hi, Siri. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi. I just wanted to talk to you about the small business thing you were talking about earlier.
RUSH: The small business thing we were talking about? Oh, that small business thing. Yeah. The small business thing. Yeah. Yeah.
CALLER: I was thinking that maybe we shouldn't invest in small business because eventually small businesses will grow into bigger businesses, and then, you know, they'll be huge businesses, and you said that big businesses aren't good, but I think that it doesn't really matter because business is business, and --
RUSH: Wait a minute. Hold it just a sec. We should not invest in small business because if we do, small business will eventually become big business. Right?
RUSH: And big businesses aren't good.
CALLER: Well, isn't that what you said?
CALLER: Well, we should invest in both, I guess.
RUSH: Oh, you want to invest in small and large businesses?
RUSH: I'm curious what you think you heard when you heard me say that I wasn't in favor of big business.
CALLER: Well, people always talk about how big businesses aren't good for everyone because of the CEOs always getting their bonuses and everything and they're rich and, you know, they don't like them because they're always getting so much money.
RUSH: No. You must have been listening to something else, Siri.
RUSH: Because that's not something I believe. I wouldn't have ever said that.
RUSH: I'm sorry to let you down. You know what I thought? I thought you were gonna tell me that small business was bad because it became big business, and big business was bad, and therefore we shouldn't have any business.
CALLER: (laughing) Well, we have to make money somehow.
RUSH: Yes, we do. That is a positive note. We do have to make money somehow. The CEOs have to get paid and they have to have their bonuses, and that comes from profits and productive workers and so forth, employees and so forth. So you must have mistakenly thought that it was me but it wasn't me. I assure you I was not being critical. Had I said something like that it would have been facetious or making a satirical point.
CALLER: Maybe it was Mark Levin. I don't know.
RUSH: Well, Levin, he's a well known hater of big business, yeah. So that might have been who you heard, come to think of it.
CALLER: Yeah. My stepdad always listens to you and
Mark Levin, so I just get them confused sometimes.
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah. I've talked to Levin about it. But, you know, he's working on it. He's working on it.
CALLER: Yeah, I'm sorry. I didn't meant to get you --
RUSH: No, that's okay. I'm glad you called here. It's good to have clarity and to have your mistaken impression set right.
RUSH: Have you tried to sign up yet at an Obamacare exchange?
RUSH: You have not gone to HealthCare.gov?
RUSH: Why not?
CALLER: 'Cause I don't like it.
RUSH: Do you have health insurance?
RUSH: You do?
RUSH: The answer is, not for long.
RUSH: (laughing) You're cute, Siri. You're cute. I just was in the process when I took your call, I was just printing out a story. John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, has predicted, based on what he's learned -- and this is just from my memory. I'll have to print it out, read it during the break. But he thinks that more people are losing insurance when they go to HealthCare.gov than are getting it. That's how screwed up it is. More people are being priced out or finding out they don't qualify for subsidies so they can afford it, so more people end up without having insurance than have it after they go to the HealthCare.gov. Now, I've gotta dig and read further on that, see if that's true.
But, Siri, thanks for the call. You live in Freeport, Illinois, and I'm glad you're there. Thanks for the call. I'm glad you had the chance to have it straightened out and learn the truth here about the fact that it's not me who hates big business. I'm one of the biggest proponents of business, period, but small business especially, 'cause that's where 75% -- in a normal non-Obama economy -- that's where 75% of job creation and jobs, anyway, are.
The Boehner story, here's how it starts: "House Speaker John A. Boehner predicted Wednesday that, by the end of the month, more Americans will have lost their insurance by being kicked off existing health plans than the number who were able to sign up in the flawed online healthcare.gov website."
I'm sure this is because people are finding, they asked Sebelius -- I've still got three of the most amazing sound bites in that absolute train wreck that was her interview last night, and they asked her if she signed up for Obama. (imitating Sebelius) "Oh, no, oh, no, no, no, no, I haven't tried. I have insurance." And the interviewer Sanjay Gupta said, "You have insurance?" She did check it out. You know, she runs the thing. And he asked her if she found it challenging. "Well, I think there certainly are some challenges. It could be smoother, it could be easier to access, and that's really what we're working on with the IT team at 150%." And so forth. But she has insurance. Yeah, but for how long? That's the key for everybody.