RUSH: You know, the... No, no, no. What's interesting about that is like Kay Hagan, Democrat senator from North Carolina. All these Democrat senators now want to be exempted from all the fallout of this. There are 13 of 'em, a baker's dozen. They knew when they voted for this. I don't think they deserve to be let off the hook. The Democrats that now want this all delayed -- they want the individual mandate delayed -- they want things delayed 'til after the 2014 election.
They've trooped up to see Obama. Folks, they knew. Everybody knew that you were going to lose your plan. They knew it, and they're lying if they're now acting surprised and acting like they didn't know it. They did know it! They were just being loyal to Obama, being loyal to the party, not their voters -- and now they want a do-over. I think is a point needs to be drilled home. Every one of these senators now crying and whining, they knew what was in store for people.
You probably have heard that a million Californians have lost their policies. It's in an AP story. You have to read to the last paragraph to find that out, though. That's so far. That's right, just a million so far. "Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday."
That's how this story on a million people so far being canceled begins. "The policies had been set to expire on Dec. 31 but will be extended until Feb. 28 for those who choose to re-enroll. Notices informing customers of the extension will be sent out this week, Anthem said. ... More than one million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as [Obamacare] begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges..." Not "allowing," requiring!
Sorry to be yelling. I know it scares a 25-year-old woman out there, but this is just... More than one million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as [Obamacare] begins allowing individuals to buy insurance..."? Why are they being canceled, AP? What do you mean, "allowing individuals to buy insurance through the exchanges"? This is mandatory! Have you ever heard of the individual mandate? They're being canceled, and this is just the beginning.
As I said, wait until people who get their health insurance at work start losing their policies starting in January. Right now we're just talking about the individual market -- and now, by the way, there's no way the website's going to be fixed by the end of the month. Everybody involved is admitting that, and now there's a drop-dead date of this Friday. That's the "de facto deadline" before Democrats defy Obama and back the Republicans' fixes for Obamacare.
"CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash told her network's anchors on Tuesday that the end of the week is the 'de facto deadline' at which point the White House needs to have settled on a series of fixes to address the crisis of Americans losing their health coverage. After Friday, Bash reported, House Democrats are going to be backing GOP proposed fixes to [Obamacare] against the wishes of President Barack Obama's administration."
Now, this doesn't even talk about the 12 senators. She's talking about House Democrats. Now, folks, I want to take you back to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee a month ago. They were trying to warn people what was coming. They were trying to get people back then to delay this, to defund it, to prevent this that's happening from happening. They knew it was coming, as did every other elected official. Everybody in both parties knew this was coming, folks.
Do not doubt me on this.
These 12/13 senators asking for a do-over knew. The House Democrats, everybody knew. They voted for it, and they need to be reminded of that, and they knew this was coming. But back when Ted Cruz was leading the effort, what was being said about him? "Well, he's a terrorist! Well, he's holding people hostage! He's demanding ransoms! He's an extremist." He was right, and he was one of maybe two or three people who had the guts to go public and tell people what was headed their way.
He was one of two or three only had the guts to warn people what was coming and tried to do something to prevent this. Ted Cruz. You go back, thinking what kind of names he was being called and the insults being tossed at him and Mike Lee and everybody involved in that effort, just a month ago. Now the very people who were throwing those insults out -- accusing him of being a terrorist, accusing him of wanting to take hostages and ransoms and so forth -- are now the people begging to be exempted!
They're begging for the rules to be changed, begging for there to be a delay so that they're not negatively impacted. They knew this was coming. They voted for it. This is the kind of stuff that ticks me off. These guys, the pioneers take the arrows, and they were right on the money about it, and they are owed an apology. They are owed an apology from the Republican establishment. They're owed an apology from Obama. They're owed an apology from the media because they called it.
They predicted this.
Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and everybody involved in their effort was trying to prevent what is happening now from happening. All they wanted to do was defund it or delay it so that this wouldn't happen, so that you wouldn't begin losing your policy. That's all they wanted to do. They knew you wanted to keep your policy, and for that they were insulted. They were impugned, they were attacked, and everybody in the Washington establishment from both parties, tried to destroy them.
We're coming up on the holiday season, as you know, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and what's Obama thinking about now? Not Merry Christmas. No way, folks. Obama's thinking about merry cancellations. (playing of parody) That's right, my friends, and that's probably the way the Regime is going to try to deal with this is buy you off. So we have a drop-dead day. The Democrats are threatening, according to Dana Bash, to line up with the Republicans on Friday if something isn't done.
Ted Cruz and Mike Lee tried to warn everybody. So did we here. We were on board with Lee and Cruz. We knew what was headed our way. You knew what was headed your way. So did the people who voted for it, and now everybody's in the CYA mode, and it is obvious. Well, I don't want to jump the gun, but there's Republicans talking, "Well, we knew this was blown implode," and we've got some Republicans now saying this could be the end of liberalism.
The end of liberalism? What do you mean, "the end of liberalism"? You can't just sit by and have the end of liberalism happen! You've gotta join the fight and bring it to a close, screeching halt. End liberalism? Because it's gonna implode? All Obama's gotta do is get legislation passed for one-time subsidies for everybody that lost their plan, and liberalism's just fine.
CALLER: You were talking about those with courage to speak out against Obamacare like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, there's one person, the granddaddy, actually, the grandma of all public and outspoken Obamacare critics. The first one, going way back to the beginning, is Sarah Palin, in 2009, when no prominent Republican was publicly criticizing Obama. And look how she got hammered. But, boy, if anybody deserves an apology and praise for being prescient, it's Sarah Palin.
RUSH: Well, it's a good point. She was the first to identify the death panels. And you are absolutely right. That is why I, whenever these people, I don't care if it's Cruz, if it's Mike Lee, if it's some conservative media people, I always try to defend these people because the assault is not on just them. It's on everything they believe and everybody who agrees with them. But you are right, she was the first to identify the death panels. Mike Lee and Cruz were actually specifically trying to alert people we should stop Obamacare because of this particular thing, losing your policy.