RUSH: Obamacare, Daily Caller: "Fifty-seven percent of Hispanics in the state of Colorado disapprove of Obamacare, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. Hispanic disapproval of President Obama’s health care reform law topped white disapproval by five points. Only 36 percent of Hispanics in the state approve of Obamacare."
You're saying, so what? So what? The Republican Party either believes or has been made to believe that they're gonna have to pander -- and let's just call it what it is -- to Hispanics, largely on immigration and amnesty, if they are to ever win anything significant again. Cannot win without the Hispanic vote, at least getting a larger percentage of it than they are. And the Hispanics love Obama, and they love the Democrat Party, and so we're gonna have to move into the area of their own turf and areas they like.
As you know, the Republican Party's stated opposition to Obamacare is kind of tepid. They want you to think that they're opposed to it, but when time comes to actually do something about it there's very little action behind it. My point, Obamacare has never been supported by a majority of the American people. When it was being debated, you might have had a majority of Democrats that were in favor of it, obviously, but nationwide Obamacare has never had majority support across the spectrum of the population. We're being governed, and ever since this guy was elected, and nominated, we have been governed by a minority, a liberal minority.
And even population groups who look at the government Santa Claus don't like this, because it is negatively impacting everybody. We don't know how many people have signed up. The people that have signed up don't know what they've signed up for. They don't know whether their payments have been processed. It's just an absolute disaster. If you drill down deep into the numbers the Regime has admitted, we may actually have a grand total of one million people who have signed up for Obamacare who did not have health insurance. And, remember, we were all told that the reason we had to redo the health care system was 'cause we had 30 million or 46 million uninsured. It just wasn't right, in a country as big and wealthy as ours, it was not fair, it was unequal. We had to do something about it. So Obamacare was gonna fix it and one million people that didn't have it now have it, for all of this.
RUSH: No, the point is this. You get two-thirds -- and, by the way, I don't think Colorado is an isolated example. It's just polling data from Public Policy Polling. And, by the way, they're a Democrat/liberal-leaning group. If these numbers are this bad for the Democrats, they're arguably or actually worse. But you have almost two-thirds of Hispanics in Colorado do not like Obamacare.
So the question is: Do you think the Republicans will come up with a way of appealing to those voters? This has been one of the great mysteries, to me, since Obamacare reared its head. It's this majority of opposition, this majority of people opposed to it. That's an instant opportunity for the Republicans to reach out and connect with that group of people and make them a constituency and join them in their opposition to Obamacare, which is what political parties ostensibly want to do.
They want to grow. They want to win elections. They want to have more members in the opposition party. But the Republican Party's not doing that. The Republican Party is "reaching out" to Hispanics the way the Democrats do, with Big Government, with amnesty, and any number of other attempts. In the process, according to this PPP poll, they are missing the true Hispanic mind-set.
Now, I was just informed that Drudge has tweeted a picture of van on the streets of Miami. The van looks like a government van, meaning it has some officialdom about it. And the van that is driving along the streets of Miami is offering free Obamacare. The white van is striped in red, white, and blue. But the rear doors are wrapped in yellow with black text in Spanish, which, translated to English, says:
"You can still subscribe to Obamacare. Apply today," and they give a phone number, "qualify, and receive Obamacare totally free." Now, I'm getting a picture of this. I can't get it 'til the next break. I'm getting a picture of this to show you on the Dittocam. Do you know that you still cannot find a Spanish-language Obamacare website, I don't think? They know. (interruption) It is amazing when you stop and think about it.
You can't find a Spanish-language Obamacare website because they know, the Regime knows. Look, two-thirds of the American people oppose this, nearly two-thirds, and every day we could give you one of these stories. Here is today's Obamacare disaster sob story. It is from the Weekly Standard. Headline: "Pastor Diagnosed with Cancer: 'No Compassion in the Affordable Care Act.'"
Now, if this isn't a death panel, I don't know what you call it.
Are you ready? A preacher, a pastor, man of the cloth, "recently diagnosed with cancer, and who is covered under Obamacare, tells a local Iowa reporter that there's 'no compassion in the Affordable Care Act.' ... 'Back in January, Pastor Angran was diagnosed with stage three cancer of the esophagus. He had insurance, but because of a previous heart condition, it did not cover the treatments he needed for his cancer."
Preexisting condition stuff. But wait! But wait! We were all told that you were covered with preexisting conditions. The preexisting condition crowd thinks they're covered, so they show up. So the preacher "was diagnosed with stage three cancer of the esophagus. He had insurance, but because of a previous heart condition, it did not cover the treatments he needed for his cancer," and do you know when he found out?
He's in the place to get his chemo.
He's hooked up, the chemo is soon to start flowing, and they come in and they tell him "just minutes" before the chemo starts. "The pastor says, 'One of the workers came and said let me talk to you. And so I went to talk to her. She says that we found out that your insurance does not include chemo.'" He was at the chemo place! He was all ready to get the chemo, and then: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait a minute. Your insurance doesn't cover it.
"'Over the past two months, the Angrans have emptied their savings account and racked up $50,000 in debt. They signed up for [Obamacare],' says the local reporter, 'but found it to be anything but affordable. It will cost the couple more than $800 per month, money they just don't have.' The reporter adds, 'As a pastor, Angran has devoted his life to helping others, to being compassionate. He says, 'There's no compassion in the Affordable Care Act.''
Now, how many times have you heard the president himself and his Democrat cohorts on television say that we had to do this because you are walking around and you are one illness away from bankruptcy? "We need Obamacare so that you are protected from that reality. You could be one illness away from bankruptcy! You need to sign up for Obamacare." So the preacher did it, and he is bankrupt.
Now, the obvious solution is this preacher needs to look at his cable bill and his cell phone contract, and he needs to cancel one or both. That's what the president said the other day to an audience of young skulls full of mush, a Millennial audience. "Well, you know what? Health care, there's nothing sexy about that, and you may not want to have it if there's no immediate benefit like your cell phone, your cable TV, but..."
He went on to talk about canceling one or both. This is just one story. I'm sure you've heard countless others. They're everywhere. This one's two-pronged. The guy is ready to receive chemo, and somebody comes in and says, "Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah! Your insurance doesn't cover it 'cause you got a heart condition. Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You have a preexisting condition. Ah, ah, ah! Your insurance doesn't cover chemo."
Now after signing up for Obamacare, the preacher and his family are 50 grand in debt, and he's had no compassion from anybody he's dealt with, and it's $800 a month that he doesn't have for all this. And, furthermore, the piece de resistance is the preacher is a liar, according to Harry Reid. Harry Reid says that these stories are all made up, and the people telling these stories are lying about it, and they're given the stories by the Republicans to tell people.
But there's no evidence that any of these stories are true.
RUSH: Okay, I'm gonna turn on the Dittocam, folks. I've got the tweeted photo of the van driving the streets of Miami. There we go. Okay. See it? Now, what that says is: "You can still subscribe to Obamacare. Apply today." Then there's the phone number. Well, call it. I don't care. Now, be advised, this could be a scam. This van's made to look official. I haven't had time to try the number. Hey, look, if they're a gonna drive around with this, be aware, it could be some guys running a scam. So be very, very careful here. That van is on the streets of Miami. And it says: "You can still subscribe to Obamacare. Apply today." It gives the number. Qualify and receive calls "totally free." And at the bottom totally free, gratis, is spread across the bottom of the ad.
Govt looking vans offering free Obamacare hit Miami streets today. Can you throw in pair of season tickets for Heat?
Now, my guess -- and I don't really know -- it could well be a Democrat Party operation to drum up support for Obamacare. It could also be some scammers 'cause they've got all the ingredients here. Obamacare, totalmente gratis, totally free, but that's what Obama doing. He's not alone in implying that it's free, over the years, anyway. So let me get the Dittocam back to a wider shot and turn it back on for you eager subscribers from Rush 24/7. There we go. One more quick look. Now, wait a second. Snerdley says, "How can they tell us they got five million signed up and they can't tell us how many paid?" You just happened to randomly guess what was next up in the Stack about this.
There is a piece at Commentary magazine. It's quite lengthy. It's by Jonathan Tobin. And it is called, "March Madness? Fake Obamacare Enrollment Numbers." It's chock filled with data here. Now, there's a little bit of an uproar, I'm told, in North Carolina. They've got some basketball coach, I think Roy Williams is now out promoting Obamacare. NC coach, NC State -- I don't know. I get them all confused. Not a big fan of college hoops here, so I don't know what school, but it's one of the big ones in North Carolina. Just like they've tried to get the Baltimore Ravens, the NFL involved, in pushing Obamacare and so forth.
Let me give you some of the pull quotes here from Mr. Tobin's piece. It starts out by saying the Regime is claiming -- and we dealt with this yesterday, by the way. This is just backup. You know, yesterday the number was 4.2 million. That's how many enrollees. And remember Kathleen Sebelius said we need seven million by March 31st. And then she said, "No, no, I never said seven, I said millions." But she said seven. So now yesterday, 4.2 million, but we ran the numbers and we dissected them. We found out that of the 4.2 million enrollees, we don't know how many have paid. They don't know how many have paid. The back end of the website doesn't tell 'em how many have paid.
Some of the people who think they've paid have not received confirmation from the insurance company they paid. The best we could figure is that out of the 4.2 million people, 25% of them constituted the uninsured. And the point was, we were told to be a compassionate country. We were the only industrialized nation that did not offer health care to all of its citizens, and that was just unacceptable. Our greedy, unfair, unequal capitalist system had left 30 million to 46 million uninsured, and that's why we had to do Obamacare, because we're a compassionate country, and we're gonna band together, and we're gonna reform health care so that all of us coming together will help cover the uninsured.
Well, after all that's happened, and leading up to the March 31st deadline, 13 days away, one million of those four million who've enrolled constitute the uninsured. So after all of this, one million people who have enrolled constitute the uninsured. That's what we've done all this for. Today, the Regime revised up the 4.2 million to five million. It's 4.2 million yesterday; today it's five million. And that's where Mr. Tobin's commentary begins.
"The administration is claiming a limited victory by saying the number of those enrolled in ObamaCare has now hit 5 million with two weeks to go until the March 31 deadline. If accurate, the number does represent a steep increase over the 4.2 million that were said to have signed up at the beginning of the month. At this rate, administration cheerleaders reason, the goal of 7 million enrolled in the Affordable Care Act may yet be reached at some point in the near future, if not quite on time. This burst of enrollments is seen as a vindication of President Obama’s all-out push to promote the law including such questionable activities as appearing on the 'Between Two Ferns' web show where he traded barbs with comedian Zach Galifianakis."
And I now take you back to this picture of the van patrolling Miami, promising free health care, call the number. Pull quote number one, Mr. Tobin's piece: "But before the president and his team start popping the champagne corks to celebrate their achievement and their faux hipness, it’s time once again to point out that the administration’s Potemkin enrollment figures should be read with a truckload of salt.
"As the New York Times reported last month, as much as 20 percent of all those enrolled had not actually paid their premiums, meaning they were not covered by the program. While Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told Congress she had no idea what the numbers of unpaid enrollees were, more states are reporting these figures and, as CNBC reported last week, the results are literally all over the map. While some states report high pay rates, others like Maryland say only 54 percent have paid."
You go to Vermont and it's zero.
"As we’ve noted previously, the non-payment of the premium is not a technicality. Many of those purchasing the insurance may be first-time buyers and not understand that they must pay their bill before coverage starts rather than long after the fact, as they can with a credit card transaction." And I have no doubt that this is true. People think that they've enrolled and they're paid; they just haven't got the bill yet or whatever. How many people, with something like this, are used to paying on the spot? I mean, with a credit card bill they don't get it for 30 days. (interruption) Yeah, but they're not using a credit card at McDonald's. The low-information people go to McDonald's, they pay for it, and if they don't have it, then they blow up a car. If they don't have the McFlurry, if they don't have the Chicken McNuggets, they blow up the car, call the 911.
In this case, what he's pointing out, they're enrolling and thinking they're paid up when they're not. So the point is a lot of people have enrolled have not actually been enrolled 'cause they haven't paid and don't know it. They will find out at the doctor's office, or at the hospital. "Or it may be that some enrolled with no intention of paying or thinking that the hype about the glories of Obamacare they’ve heard in the mainstream media and from the president absolved them of the obligation to pay for it."
How many do you think make up that group? There's gotta be a lot of people that think they don't have to pay. "But either way, the large number of non-payments renders the enrollment figures meaningless." Five million, 4.2 million, and they can't tell us how many have paid, then they don't really have a number.
RUSH: The bottom line is, if you hear a number of enrolled in Obamacare, it is irrelevant because they don't know how many of 'em are paid. And if they're not paid, they cannot be enrolled. It's that simple because it isn't free.