Sebelius: Convicted Felons Can Navigate
RUSH: Get this. We haven't talked about this today. Kathleen Sebelius -- the incompetent, just overmatched, overwhelmed secretary of Health and Human Services -- has been up testifying today before a Senate committee on Obamacare and the botched rollout and the mess that it is. She has said a lot of things, and Cookie has sent me some sound bites, and I don't know if I got the last two or not. Let me check something real quick.
I don't think I did. It doesn't matter. I just want... No. Get this, though. She "acknowledged" today -- Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged today -- that it would be possible for a convicted felon to become an Obamacare "navigator," one of the workers responsible for, quote/unquote, "helping people navigate the exchange and the website." One of the workers responsible for helping people deal with the ins and outs of the health care law.
This is a question that she got from Senator John Cornyn. "Isn't it true that there's no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check even though they'll receive personal information from the individuals they helped sign up?" Sebelius said, "That is true. States could add an additional background checks and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement," and Cornyn said, "So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?"
Sebelius said, "That is possible."
We're all on the honor system anyway, right? So Obama and Kathleen Sebelius have no problem whatsoever making you, when you sign up for Obamacare, give your most private information to a convicted felon.
Personal Info Can't be Deleted from Obamacare Website
RUSH: Something else about the exchange, ladies and gentlemen. Do you know that...? You need to know this before you sign up, before you go to that website, because once you input your information, you cannot delete it.
I have a story in the Stack about two guys who ended up learning each other's private information when they signed up. Let's see. Here it is. "Frustrated and fed up, Hadley and Dougall want to make sure their personal information is removed from HealthCare.gov. There's just one problem: Users can't delete their own accounts. It took a congressional hearing for Dougall to get help. Other Americans aren't so fortunate.
"And even now, after his information was supposedly removed, Dougall isn't sure who else might have accessed it. Appearing last night on Fox News, he said: 'According to HealthCare.gov, I'm the only person in America that this has happened to. I find that hard to believe. But more importantly, I don't know who else besides Justin in North Carolina has my information. There are just no assurances. ... [Health and Human Services] finally admitted to me that my information wasn't secure.
"'We have seen all these stories that the system is not secure, so I have no faith in that system anymore.'" Folks, every new day brings horror stories about the rollout of this debacle. "Six days ago, a North Carolina man named Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his current provider canceled his plan -- one of an estimated 16 million Americans who could face such a predicament thanks to Obamacare.
"Once on the website, Hadley discovered a security breach that exposed the personal information of a total stranger.
"That man, Tom Dougall of South Carolina, had visited the problem-plagued website in early October to shop for insurance. Even though he opted not to sign up, Hadley was presented with Dougall’s private eligibility letter. The incident, first reported by The Foundry," which is the Heritage Foundation bunch, "made national news and prompted two US senators to quiz a top Obama administration official at yesterday’s congressional hearing," and here name was Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Anyway, that's two days ago. They ended up with each other's information, and one of them says, "Well, who else got my information?" You can't delete your own account! Now Sebelius says (summarized), "Well, sure, it's entirely possible convicted felon could end up as a navigator." Meaning a navigator could have the personal information of whoever he deals with? "Oh, yeah. Yeah.
"Absolutely. States can run further background checks. There's nothing in the federal law to prevent this," as though, "What's the big deal?" That's right, 22,000 pages of regulations and they couldn't put a regulation about background checks on navigators! I don't know why they didn't use the NSA to weed out criminals. Maybe they don't want to weed out the criminals. Hell, who knows what they want. Aanyway, I just wanted to pass that on.
Latest on the Martin-Incognito Imbroglio
RUSH: Here's the latest involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins. As you know, Incognito was supposedly bullying his teammate, Jonathan Martin, and was sending him texts and e-mails insulting his race, his intelligence, his brain, and threatening to do all kinds of mean things to him. Really, really disgusting things he was threatening to do. After a while... They made him pay fifteen grand for a vacation to Vegas for the offensive linemen.
It went on for over a year, and finally the guy had had enough and he complained and he quit. He left the team and went to join his family in California. The league and everybody in the media thought, "This is horrible. My God, bullying in the NFL? Oh, no, we can't have that. This is a horrible. Oh, jeez! The next thing you know, people are gonna be bleeding in this league, and we can't have that. Oh, no."
So, they demanded investigation, and it turns out now the latest is that Incognito (who's been suspended indefinitely) may have been asked by the coaching staff to do this, to "toughen up" the player, Jonathan Martin. Now, Richie Incognito is on the players "leadership council" in the locker room, meaning he's one of six players that meets with the head coach to discuss grievances that the team has and to basically communicate what the team is thinking to the head coach, and take what the head coach says back to the rest of the team.
He's on that leadership council, and the latest report is that some of the coaches (we don't know which coach or coaches) told Incognito to toughen this guy up. "He's one of our offensive lineman, he's right next to you on the line, so toughen the guy up." Nobody is saying that they specifically told Incognito to say the things he said. They just said toughen the guy up. Incognito was caught in his gated community yesterday in his Ferrari heading out to the gas station to gas it up.
I didn't know Incognito could fit in a Ferrari, but apparently he can. He's huge. Have you seen this guy? He's huge. All offensive linemen are huge. He's huge for a guard. And he said (summarized), "I've no comment, this will pass, not gonna talk about it right now, thank you very much for asking, but I've got nothing to say." Now, there different sources here. One is the Miami Herald and the other one is in Ft. Lauderdale, the Sun-Sentinel. "The Sun-Sentinel's sources also say that Incognito was asked by Miami's coaching staff to talk to Martin and 'bring him to the fold.'
"Those same sources are not alleging that the coaches condoned or ordered the abuse. After all, asking a veteran to try and motivate a younger player is not unusual, but Incognito's approach clearly crossed a line," if it indeed happened. They've got the texts and tapes of the phone calls. But it will add a new wrinkle if the coaching staff has linkage to this in any way. I just want to urge everybody involved, whatever you do in this situation, do not -- whatever you do -- start talking about rats during any of this.
How About This Toronto Mayor?
RUSH: How about this mayor of Toronto?
Have you seen this guy? He looks like Goldfinger. And he said, "Yeah, yeah, I smoked crack cocaine. It happened in one of my drunken stupors, and no I'm not resigning. You a bunch of rats." No, he didn't say the rats thing. If he had, he'd be finished by now. But he said he's not quitting. They've harassed the guy. "Yeah, all right, all right, all right. I probably smoked crack cocaine in a drunken stupor. I didn't know I was doing it, but I'm not gonna do it again, and I'm not quitting."
Apparently this guy's got a huge base of support in Toronto. The US media's trying to get rid of the guy. Canadian media? I saw some Canadian infobabe, too. "Well, I don't know. Mr. Ford, he's got a lot of base of support." I didn't detect any particular desire on the part of Canadian media to get rid of the guy. I've only seen one reporterette, though, so I shouldn't say. But, I mean, CNN can't let go of it. I mean, they just want this guy gone. It's amazing.
More About Myths That Have Made the World Sick and Fat
RUSH: I mentioned yesterday that I've got this story here, "Top 13 Nutrition Lies That Have Made the World Sick and Fat." You want to know what they are? "1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health." These are lies. These are myths. These are things that are not true -- scientifically, medically, biologically proven to be not true.
"1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health." They're not bad for you. "2. A Calorie is a Calorie." People say it doesn't matter if you eat 2,500 calories a day. If it's all candy bars, it's fine. No big deal. (That's not true.) Protein and carbohydrate calories are entirely different as far as what they mean to the body, how they're metabolized. "3. Saturated Fat is Unhealthy." No, it's not. You know, everybody's on this kick. What is the thing you can't have now? Oh, trans fats. Trans fats are bad.
No, they're not.
It's another myth, and it's all explained here. This prints out six pages. I'm not reading it all. "4. Eating a Lot of Protein is Bad For Your Health." No, it isn't. It's one of the best things that you can do, but people have been led to believe that eating a lot of protein promotes weakness in their bones. Stupid. "5. Everyone Should be Eating 'Heart-Healthy' Whole Wheat." Another myth. They're all over. "6. Coffee is Bad For You." No, it's not.
"Coffee has gotten a bad reputation [but] coffee may actually reduce your risk of some serious diseases.
Coffee has a rotten reputation, but it promotes -- actually it reduces risk of some serious diseases it. "Coffee drinkers have up to a 67% lower risk of Type II diabetes." That is huge. "7. Meat is Bad for You." Another myth. No, it's not. You know, the environmentalist wackos and the animal rights people say, "Look at the human mouth. Human teeth aren't meant to eat meat! We're not carnivores. We're supposed to eat berries and twigs and stuff on the ground and leaves and vegetables."
That's a crock.
Meat is not bad for you.
It doesn't hurt you.
"8. The Healthiest Diet is a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet." No, it's not. In fact, "The bottom line: The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective." "9. Refined Seed- and Vegetable Oils Are Healthy." Not necessarily. Coconut oil supposedly is bad for you. It isn't. It's one of the healthiest oils out there. "10. Low-Carb Diets Are Ineffective and Downright Harmful." Wrong.
"Bottom Line: Low-carb diets are the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is pretty much a scientific fact at this point." Yet look at how tried to destroy the Atkins Diet, which is what that is. "11. Everyone Should be Cutting Back on Sodium." No. Sodium does not lead to all this high blood pressure stuff. These are myths that everybody believes, they've been told for years, and a bunch of people have documented are not true.
Blueberries Can Save Your Life?
RUSH: This is the UK Daily Mail, headline: "Could Eating Blueberries Add Years to Your Life? A Daily Bowl Could Protect Against Obesity, Heart Disease and Diabetes." They're trying to create the latest food fad: Blueberries. "Regular consumption of berries can improve or prevent metabolic syndrome. This is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity...
"Berries are rich in polyphenols -- antioxidants that protect cells in the heart and help lower blood pressure." This is just the latest.
RUSH: Now, this blueberry business. This is anecdotal. But I met a guy once, and he was a blueberry fanatic. All he did was eat blueberries. Well, he ate more than that, but I mean every meal, blueberries. Everything started with at least two cups of blueberries. "Antioxidants, it's the healthiest thing you could do." The guy committed suicide six weeks after I got to know him. (interruption) No, no, no, I'm not saying the blueberries did it, I'm just saying all these fads that people get involved in, blueberries are probably gonna be the latest health fad now. Antioxidants and something to improve metabolism and so forth, as though there's some magic thing out there that can ward off all diseases.
Every six months somebody finds it. It becomes peanuts. Then it becomes oat bran. Then it becomes blueberries, or what have you, and the bottom line is, we're all gonna die, and we all only have one life, and enjoy it, however you do. Some people think there's virtue in going through a life of denial, a life of suffering, that somehow there's a payoff for that later on, to go through life suffering.
I knew a guy once, I mean, this guy let everybody in the world walk all over him every day. They mocked him, made fun of him, laughed at him, ridiculed him, all this stuff. He dressed weird, he almost encouraged it. And it turns out he believed "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." He thought this was his ticket to heaven. He thought God loved him more than anybody 'cause he was walked on, made fun of, mocked, 'cause he thought it was the meek. He didn't realize that in "blessed are the meek, for they inherit the earth," the meek did not mean the invisible, the weak, the malleable, the what have you.
Anyway, it's silly. You know, enjoy your life. You like steak, eat it now and then. Don't eat it every day, but if you like this stuff, eat it. It's the libs who are trying to deny all this. It's the libs who are trying to make everybody think that everything in life is miserable.