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Clinton Lectures Obama: Keep Your Word

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RUSH:  Man, oh, man, I tell you, you talk about how the mighty have fallen, ladies and gentlemen.  Did you see where Bill Clinton has said that Obama needs to keep his word about keeping our insurance plans if we like 'em?  If you're Obama, can you imagine being lectured to about honesty and integrity from a convicted perjurer, Bill Clinton?  My gosh, folks, I mean, literally how far has one fallen when that is the case? 

How are you, my friends?  Great to have you here, Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network.  And three hours of broadcast excellence.

Here is Bill Clinton.  This was this morning on the website Ozy.com, and a well-known correspondent Carlos Watson.  The well-known correspondent Carlos Watson on Ozy.com. Have you ever heard of Ozy.com?  Clinton was there having a discussion about problems with the Obamacare rollout.  And here is Slick Willie.

CLINTON:  For young people mostly, but not all young, who are in the individual market whose incomes are above 400% of the poverty level, they were the ones who heard the promise, "If you like what you got, you can keep it."  I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let 'em keep what they got.

RUSH:  There is a big move on, folks, a big move on.  First off, Slick Willie:  President Obama should fulfill the promise he made that Americans could keep the health insurance they have, even it means changing the law. (Clinton impression) "I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let 'em keep what they got."

And then Clinton told the story of a young man who he said had his insurance policy canceled and replaced with a new one, with premiums twice as high, but because his copays and deductibles are lowering, Clinton said the man might still save money if he and his family actually use their insurance.  Clinton suggested, though, that the man should have been able to keep his old policy based on Obama's promise. 

Now, folks, when Der Schlick Meister comes out and undercuts the president of the United States on a promise the president made, "Yeah, I think he should honor that commitment."  There's always a motive.  There are no coincidences with the Clintons.  Nothing just happens.  So you sit here and say, "Well, what's in it for Bill Clinton to enter this fray?  What's in it for him here?"  Obviously one of the answers is, well, you got Hillary, but Hillary's not gonna be running against Obama, as far as we know. 

So what's in it for Slick Willie here?  What's the purpose for Slick Willie to head in there and insert himself in this and basically acknowledge that the president, Barack Obama, lied to people and now it's up to the president to honor his commitment, change the lie?  I personally find this fascinating. 

And then, ladies and gentlemen, there's a story here, 12 senators, 12 Democrats that are in tight elections next year, trooped up to the White House, and they begged Obama to do something here, change this.  What they really want is to delay the individual mandate 'til after the election of 2014, and, of course, this is a pitfall for the Republicans if they don't handle this right. If they go along with that they are allowing Obama to slip out of their grasp and everybody else's grasp. But these 12 senators went up there and they're begging Obama to delay the individual mandate, thereby allowing people to keep their policies. 

But here's the problem with this, folks.  There have now been more than 4.8 million US policyholders who've had their insurance cancelled, and the number climbs every day.  Let's round that off to five million because it probably is by now.  Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the number of people who've signed up for insurance under Obamacare is 40,000 to 50,000 via the federal exchange, and 49,000 for all the state exchanges.  There's some states, of course, that didn't do federal exchange.  So all told, what you have there is a hundred thousand people who have signed up, according to the Journal, versus five million who have had their policies canceled. 

However, in a little sleight of hand here, the federal and state plans are counting people who have just put an insurance plan in their shopping cart on the website.  They have not closed the deal, all of them.  You know, when you go shop on an Internet website, you buy what you want, you click you want it and it goes in your shopping cart, and when you finish shopping, then you go to the checkout where you give a credit card and hope nobody steals the data.  Well, that's what's happened here.  The number is about 50% of this 100,000 that it's claimed that have signed up. It's actually only 50% of those who've actually gone on and closed the deal.  Over half am of 'em still have the plan that they've chosen in the shopping cart but they haven't actually closed the deal.  They haven't made the purchase. 

So the real numbers are five million cancellations compared to about 50,000 insurance plans bought, which means that there have been 100 cancellations for every sign-up for Obamacare.  This news is so bad, I turned on CNN today and they were talking about Syria.  That's what Obama and his boys are calling the good old days, news out of Syria.  Now, lest we forget here, folks, these insurance policies that are being canceled are usually for more than one person.  So when they say that 4.8 million plans have been canceled we may be talking about families of two all the way up to four.  The number of people who've had their insurance canceled could be three times that amount.  Could be, don't know, it's a wild guess.  But we know that most policies insure more than just one person:  spouse and a child, for example. 

So we could be talking about 15 million people here who have already lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare, and these plans that have been canceled are gone.  I don't know -- we talked about the this yesterday -- I don't know how you turn back the hands of time and simply say,
"Oh, that old plan you used to have, here, here it is again," how do you that?  Those plans are gone, by virtue of the law, they're gone.  I don't want to be repetitive here, but this is why this lie that he told is so profoundly fraudulent.  This is not just an average little political white lie saying, "Sorry, I can't cut your taxes. I've worked harder than I ever have for the past two weeks and there just isn't the money."  It's not one of those kinds of lies. 

This was a lie steeped in fraud with the specific intent of deceiving people into voting for Obama, and there's no way to go back.  Those plans are gone.  Those plans don't comply.  That's why they've been cancelled.  They're not sitting out there in a lockbox waiting to be reinstituted.  They're gone, precisely because of Obamacare. 

So it's easy for Slick Willie to come up here, "You know what? I think the president will honor his commitment, and I think if he promised those people they get to keep their plan, he should let 'em keep their insurance." Their plans are gone.  I don't know why nobody is talking about this.
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RUSH: By the way, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman this afternoon in a press briefing, do you know that he agrees with Clinton?  Clinton says that Obama ought to be honest and tell the truth.  Jay Carney was asked about it by Julie Pace of the AP, said, "Clinton made a comment, talked about health care, said Barack Obama should honor his commitment to people who've lost their health insurance.  What about that, Jay?"

CARNEY:  As you saw the president say in an interview with NBC last week, the answer is, yes, the president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options, as he said, to make sure that nobody is put in a position where their plans have been canceled and they can't afford a better plan even though they'd like to have a better plan.

RUSH:  The president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options.  Why, it's the Limbaugh Theorem.  Obama agrees with Clinton.  He thinks he should keep his promise, too.  "Yeah, I do.  I think that guy who made that promise ought keep it."  This is unreal!  Limbaugh Theorem right in front of your face.  Obama agrees with Clinton, that that guy Obama ought to keep his promise, and he's working real hard to make sure that that guy Obama keeps his promise.
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RUSH:  We gotta play this sound bites again from Jay Carney, because I had to Rush through it in a hurry, and we're gonna get to the phones right after this.  But you've got to hear this again.  This is at the White House this afternoon.  Clinton said earlier today on an obscure website program, "I think the president ought to honor his commitment.  I think since he promised people they can keep their insurance, so they ought to be able to keep it.

"He's gonna have change the law. I think that's the only thing that could happen."  So Julie Pace asks Jay Carney about that.  "I wanted to get your reaction to a comment that President Clinton made in an interview that was posted today. He was talking about health care and he said that President Obama should honor his commitment to people who have lost their health care or are losing their health care under the president' law even if it means changing that law. Does the president agree with the comment?" 

CARNEY:  As you saw the president say in an interview with NBC last week, the answer is, yes, the president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options, as he said, to make sure that nobody is put in a position where their plans have been canceled and they can't afford a better plan even though they'd like to have a better plan.

RUSH: It sounds like they're gonna give everybody who's been canceled a subsidy.  That's where they're headed.  I think that's what they're gonna end up doing -- and you wait, because Obama does not want this repealed.  He's not gonna sit there for that. He's not gonna let any Democrat talk him into repeal.  So what they'll come up with is a taxpayer subsidy in order to buy off these people before 2014.  You know dead to rights that's what's gonna happen. 

He'll call a national address (impression), "If you've been canceled, if you lost your insurance and the plan that you want is better but you can't afford it, then, uh, we'll subsidize that new plan for you."  He doesn't want people put in a position where they "can't afford a better plan."  What the hell does that mean?  That means he's gonna subsidize 'em! Well, he's the guy that put 'em in that position.  His law canceled their insurance -- by design -- and he lied to them about it, and now that everybody's up in arms over it he'll just come around and he'll offer 'em a subsidy. 

"A one-time subsidy for these special people, these 5% of Americans.  That's all it is."

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