RUSH: Look at that, even Fox is getting this wrong. Fox is reporting that Obama said that he's sorry people are losing their plans. He did not say he's sorry people are losing their plans. He did not say that. He said he's sorry you feel the way you feel over having lost your plan. He's sorry that you believed him. Or he's sorry that you misunderstood him.
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I rarely do this, but I want to make an appeal. I want to make an appeal to Media Matters, the Daily Kos, the Democrat Underground, Organizing for America, Think Progress, the Poynter, every one of you left wing websites. You have your monitors out there and you listen to this program each and every day, and you live and breathe for those things that you can take out of context and post about me and then have your buddies in the mainstream media run with it and create all kinds of controversy and angst.
I am making an appeal. I am going to say something I want you to repeat. Media Matters, Think Progress, Americans for Democratic Action, Students for a Democrat Society, the Black Panthers, the New Black Panthers, all of you. Who am I leaving out? Daily Kos, Democrat Underground, I don't want to leave anybody out. I want to say something, and I'm begging you to quote me.
Americans had to lose their health care plans in order to for Obamacare to work. There was never any intention for anybody to keep their current plan. The only way Obamacare could work, as designed by Obama and the Democrats, is precisely because people would lose their plan. It had to happen that way. The only way Obamacare could work, the only way Obama could reform the health care system the way he wants to reform it is precisely if everybody lost their plan.
There was never, ever any intention that you keep your plan, whether you liked it or not. You were lied to, blatantly, strategically, tactically, and purposefully. The president of the United States knew that the only way to sell you on his reform was to lie about it, and that was to put you off guard and to relax any tension that you might use to oppose it by telling you that if you like yours, you can keep it, no big deal. Nothing's gonna happen to you. Which tells us that the vast majority of the American people like their plans and didn't want anything to change. And that's why all hell's breaking loose now.
But the simple fact is that for Obamacare to become what he wants it to become, you were never going to keep your plan. You were never going to be allowed to keep your plan. It had to happen this way. By the way, this term "single payer," that does not properly describe what it really is. In fact, describing what Obama wants and what the Democrats want as single payer might actually be a disservice, because it sounds really clean. Single payer. You go to the doctor, and one agency pays for it. No insurance company, no middlemen, no forms. You go to the doctor and you submit it to the government, single payer. That's not what it is.
Single payer is no more than communism. Maybe socialism, communism, the government owns the means of production, and they're not gonna do that, but they will own the behavior of the hospitals, and they will own the behavior of the doctors by virtue of how they are paid. But this is pure collectivism. It is total government control over every aspect of your life. That's what single payer is. It's not convenient. It's not an improvement. It is an overwhelming loss of individual liberty and freedom, and I'll just say it one more time. You had to lose your plan to get what he wants.
There was no way, if Obama succeeds in reforming health care in his vision, that you get to keep your plan. He was lying to you from the first time he ever told you that you could keep your plan, because if everybody kept their plans, there would be no Obamacare reform. And there would be no government control of the health care system, and there would be no single payer, and there would be no Obama in charge of everything.
So you were never, ever gonna keep your plan. It was not possible. That's the scope of this lie. Nobody was going to keep their plan. Everybody has to lose what they have and be moved to something else. Otherwise there is no Obamacare. Obamacare is not the status quo. Obamacare is not no change. Obamacare is not, "You like your doctor, you keep it." Obamacare is not, "You like your policy, you keep it." Obamacare is not, "Your premium will go down $2,500."
Obamacare is, by requirement, you lose your policy. Obamacare is, by requirement and by law, you don't get to keep your doctor. Obamacare is, by law, going to be far more expensive for everybody. It must be this way. Obamacare cannot happen if you keep your policy, if you keep your doctor. Obamacare cannot happen if your premium and your deductible and your out-of-pocket are less than what you're paying now. It simply isn't possible, and it never was possible. So you never were going to keep your plan. The only way Obamacare works is if everybody or the vast majority lose their plans and are then mandated and required by law, under penalty of law, of finding another plan.
The purpose, the intent is to make it so expensive and so arduous and so complex and so impossible to comply with that you eventually throw up your hands in frustration and beg for the government to get all these middle-level players out of there and just take over. The ultimate plan is to have you demanding single payer. The original intent was to get rid of private sector insurance companies, just wipe out the entire private sector insurance industry, making it impossible for anybody to find insurance anywhere but a government exchange.
This has been the plan from the get-go, and you keeping your plan will not get Obama where he wants to go. You had to lose your plan. There was no other way. You had to lose your doctor. And your replacement plan and doctor must, in order for Obamacare, as he wants it to look like, succeed, your replacement policy and doctor must be more expensive. Your deductible must be higher. Your copay must be higher. Your premium must be higher, everything. Your pharmaceutical bill must go up. Everything must go up in price in order for Obamacare to succeed. It also requires a website that works. And it seems they're still having trouble with that.
But I'm not exaggerating. That's why I want all you left-wing websites, quote me accurately here as you spread around what I'm saying here today. One more time, slowly, confidently, so that there is no misunderstanding. There was never any chance that you could keep your policy and doctor if you liked them. There was no way for that to happen. If Obamacare was to become reality, you have to lose your policy. You have to be thrown out of your current arrangement. You have to lose your choice of doctor. Your premiums, your deductibles, your copay, your out-of-pocket must go up.
It must happen this way for Obamacare to happen as he wants it to. So you were never, ever going to keep your plan. That is the scope and the breadth and the depth of this lie. So, despite Obama's crocodile tears about people losing their insurance, truth of the matter is, Obama is happy as a clam that all of these people are having their insurance canceled. It's right on schedule. It's exactly as designed. It's happening exactly as intended. You have no choice. And that is Obamacare. You. Have. No. Choice.
RUSH: Folks, I just want to say one more thing. If Obama really cared, if his apology was really because he lied to you about you keeping your plan -- if he really cared about that -- then he would change the law with an executive order so that you could keep your plan. If a bunch of people have been in there screwing around with his health care system and his website and he didn't know it... What was it he said? "I've been burned already with a website."
Well, if there have been these powerful invisible forces in there monkeying around with his health care and telling people they can't keep their plans and if he's really mad about that, he could just get rid of it. I mean, he cares for illegals this way, and he cares about gays, and he does executive orders to help them, and he waved a bunch of Obamacare extensions for his union buddies, and he made sure that members of Congress and their staff got their subsidies.
So when he really cares about something, he goes around and (whether the Constitution allows it or not) he changes it. If he's really upset, if he's really sorry, if he's really mad that you can't keep your plan, why, he'd go on TV and instead of apologizing for what you heard, he'd go on TV and tell everybody how mad he was. He'd go on TV and say, "I never intended this! Obamacare was never intended to force you out of your policy. Obamacare was never intended to distance you from your doctor.
"That's not what I had in mind, and I'm gonna get to the bottom of this, and I'm gonna find out why this is happening -- and I promise you: By the end of the week, if you like your doctor and you like your plan, you're gonna be able to keep 'em." That's what he would do if he's really is over. If he really didn't intend any of this to be happening, if all of this is being done by a bunch of gremlins in there that are trying to humiliate him or embarrass him or make him look bad, he wouldn'ta gone on NBC and apologize for what you heard.
He wouldn't have apologized for the way you misunderstood and the way you feel. He would have been livid. "I never intended people lose their insurance policies! I never intended for people lose a plan that they liked. I told 'em for three years they could keep it, and I'm gonna get to the bottom of it, and if you like your plan, you can keep it." He didn't do that at all. Nothing's changing.
It's, "You've lost your plan? Tough toenails! You are out of luck. You lost your doctor? Tough toenails. Your premium is going up? Too bad! Sorry, you misunderstood me." Everything that's happening is by design. The only way he can get where he wants is if you lose your plan, and if you lose your doctor, and if the replacements cost you a whole lot more money. That's what success is to "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!"