RUSH: Okay, tell you what. Have audio sound bite number 19 standing by. I haven't made up my mind yet whether I'm gonna use it. Now, let me just tell you. Ha-ha-ha-ha. Folks, I don't know if you've been keeping up with it or not, but the left is just beside themselves, as you know, that I have not conformed and joined the crowd and conventional wisdom in praising Stephen Colbert for going over to the Letterman show. And there are even pieces: Well, this is obviously the indication we've all been looking for that Limbaugh has jumped the shark. For Limbaugh to make a big deal out of this proves he's losing it, and we are on the downside.
They're saying that. They're saying that I'm just mad and contrarian and I'm just trying to get my audience all jacked up typically the way I do by saying things just to be different. And of course this is why I love you all. You know that I don't do that. You know that everything I tell you is rooted in what I really believe. And you know a number of other things, too. That's this unbreakable bond that we have here. I adore it, and I'm in constant awe of it.
Well, it turns out that I have an ally now. Another big-time media figure has joined in. And I'm debating whether or not to play the sound bite and tell you who. (laughing) I know, well... (interruption) I'll stop there. To go further would be too inside baseball and it would not be interesting to you. But suffice it to say I'll ponder whether or not to share this. Some of you may already know, depending on how widely diverse your viewing habits are on television.
RUSH: The Huffing and Puffington Post has actually done a piece highlighting Obamacare victims. Now, we've sat here over the course of the rollout of Obamacare, and if a Republican had ever devised a program like this and had it rolled out as dismally as this did, you know as well as I do that the Democrats in the media would have an endless parade of victims of the Republican policy and they'd be all over television. They'd be brought into congressional and Senate hearings, and their sob stories would be all over everywhere for the low-information voters to absorb.
And I've wondered, why haven't the Republicans gone out and found these victims? There are plenty. People who've had their insurance canceled. People who were told they could keep their doctor and found out they couldn't. People who were told for three years, lied to when they were told you could keep your plan if you like it. They couldn't. There's obviously a beaucoup amount of victims out there. And of all places, the Huffing and Puffington Post has highlighted Obamacare victims, and it is causing quite a stir out there on the left.
The piece is called, "How Obamacare Leaves Some People Without Doctors," and it obviously is a departure from the Huffing and Puffington Post's usual embrace of Obamacare. It features the voices of customers from Covered California who are already dissatisfied with the health insurance that they bought through the Covered California exchange. Here's a 35-year-old new Los Angeles mother, Ruth Iorio, and she told the Huffing and Puffington Post, "My insurance is pretty useless. I don't know what to do. I may just drop it for myself and keep my son on it. It's really depressing."
Iorio says that her Obamacare plan's worthless because, after over a dozen calls, she still can't find doctors who accept her Obamacare plan who were also practicing in a hospital that accepts her coverage. Voila. This is the old, "Is your doctor in the network?" question. Is your hospital in the network? You may go out and go to HealthCare.gov or Covered California, an exchange, and get a policy, you may get covered. Then you find out your doctor is not in the network that your policy covers, or the hospital that you want go to is not in the network. And people have found this all over the country.
But of all places the Huffing and Puffington Post has gone out and found these victims. Prior to buying through the California Obamacare exchange, Ruth Iorio had an individual Blue Shield plan that cost less and covered a wide array of doctors and hospitals. Her plan is so bad that after giving birth to her son, she learned that her Obamacare plan didn't cover her UCLA OB-GYN. It forced her to pay out of pocket even though she had insurance. "'I'm paying $500 a month and every doctor I'm calling is saying, "No, I can't see you,"' she said. 'I feel like a second-class citizen.'"
"Iorio is not alone, reports the Huffington Post. Another woman, Noam Friedlander, 40, needed back surgery for a herniated disc and thought her Obamacare plan would cover the costs. But after spending 'days on the phone, hours on hold, making dozens of calls across Southern California, trying to match a surgeon with a hospital that would both be covered,' Friedlander came to a stark realization.
"'No one could help me. Some expressed sympathy. They told me, 'I'm so sorry -- it's all just so new. You're a victim of the changes. No one knows what they're doing,' Friedlander said. After calling 20 surgeons and five hospitals, Friedlander, had to get two credit cards to pay $16,000 out of pocket," and up front. She had to pay up front -- which, by the way, is how it used to be. I had to go to the doctor recently.
We were talking about this network and people having insurance but not being covered by certain doctors/hospitals, and he got off on a tangent and he started saying, "This epitomizes the problem. You have people driving in here in Mercedes, and they're demanding that their insurance company pay for a $50 whatever." The point is: The problem is that people, no matter how rich or poor they are, think it's free.
The population of this country, somehow, has come to believe that they shouldn't have to pay for health care. Period. They'll pay for insurance, but when it comes to actually paying for health care, they don't think they should have to, and they'll do anything to get an insurance plan or policy to cover even the smallest expense. That is exactly right, and that is why, folks, health care costs have spiraled.
Because the cost of things is not related in any market way to what people can afford. They can't... Well, some things they can afford, and even this doctor was telling me, they refuse to pay. They look for some insurance plan or some other mechanism to pay for even the cheapest things because they believe that they shouldn't have to pay. And, I'll tell you, there's one entity to whom we owe this reality, and that's the Democrat Party.
I know it may sound easy to say. "Come on, Rush. You're dumping everything on these people." I'm sorry. It happens to be true. These are the people that have devised these policies. Sure, there have been some Republicans who voted for it and gone along with it. I'm not trying to say that the Republicans, every damn one of them is a great alternative to it. Sadly, that's not the case at all.
But the people who've been driving this, the people that have been forcing us in this direction have been the Democrat Party. It was Harris Wofford who ran for the Senate in Pennsylvania back in the nineties, and his campaign slogan was, "If the Constitution guarantees you a lawyer, it ought to guarantee you a doctor." We pay for your lawyer if you get charged with something and you can't afford it. Well, we ought to be paying your doctor.
People just vacuumed that right up. They just loved it, and that's become the way most people look at this now, that somebody else should pay for it. They don't care who and they don't care how much. It's just that they don't have to pay for it. They don't think they should have to pay for it -- and until that changes, none of this is really ever going to get fixed. Now we've got this endless parade of victims.
You say, "Well, why is the Huffing and Puffington Post of all places doing this?" I'll tell you why, and I'm not trying to throw cold water on this. But the Huffing and Puffington Post -- a very valued leftist media outlet -- is not doing this to harm Obama. They're not doing this because they want to get rid of Obamacare like you and I want to get rid of it. The people at the Huffing and Puffington Post are pushing actively for single payer.
Which is what we predicted the left would do when this didn't work. The whole point, the reason that the Huffing and Puffington Post is doing this, is to say, "See? It's an honorable attempt, but it doesn't work. The only way to make this work is just get rid of the middlemen, get rid of the third parties, get rid of the insurance companies, and just have the government do it.
"Let's have socialized medicine, everybody on Medicare. Period, done, over with." That's why they're pushing this. That's why they are highlighting the victims. In their world, Obamacare doesn't work because it doesn't go far enough in the direction of total government control. So don't be fooled if you see this and think, "Wow, man, Obama's even losing the Huffing and Puffington Post!"
He's not losing anybody on this, on the left.
They're taking the occasion of this chaos and this programmed inefficiency to move the ball further and faster toward "single payer," which is bad language. We gotta stop using that term because that doesn't bother anybody. "Single payer" sounds like it makes sense. It's socialized medicine is what they want, "the government" paying for everything -- which means you and me and everybody else paying.
RUSH: We have a great example here of media deception, media distortion. It's a Reuters story. This story earlier this morning was at the top of the Yahoo News portals, which means a whole bunch of low-information people saw this. And here is the headline: "Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll." Here's the first paragraph: "Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the 'Obamacare' health plan."
This, folks, is the propaganda machine at its most blatant.
You look at this headline, and if you read the headline, which is what most people believe, you're supposed to believe that more and more people now love Obamacare, and more and more people think Obamacare's the way to go, and more and more people think the Democrats are the ones that have all the answers. But that's not what the article says at all!
For starters, this was an online poll, which means it was meaningless. It's an online poll where you just vote! Those are meaningless. Guess what? Anybody could vote as they like. There were only 799 votes in this poll. Less than 800 people in the so-called sample. But most importantly, what does it mean that nearly a third of the online voters prefer the Democrat plans for health care?
The poll shows that one-third of Americans prefer the Democrats' plan, and that gave us the headline "Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare." It is still a majority, but the one-third is a little bit more than what it was in their previous so-called poll. So the number of people that vote Democrat increased a little, and that becomes Americans increasingly prefer. But they don't prefer. It's just one-third of voters prefer the Democrat health plan.
By the way, what Democrat health plan? There is no Democrat health plan. There's Obamacare, which is so-called the law of the land. What is this, Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for health care than Republicans? What do you mean, have a better plan? And then the other side of this is, what is the Republican plan? Does anybody know what the Republican plan is? Reuters doesn't spell out what the Republican plan is in this story.
"Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans." That means 49% didn't answer one way or the other, and from that we get "Democrats increasingly prefer." And low-information voters at Yahoo are gonna soak this up and they're gonna believe it. This is media propaganda at its worst or best, depending on how you look at it.
So it's an online poll, which makes it meaningless. How many people have ever heard the Republican plan? Reuters doesn't tell them what it is in the story. Harry Reid has blocked every Republican plan from moving forward in the Senate, and the media have imposed a blackout on any of the Republican alternative plans for health care. There have been some, but they don't get reported. Not a surprise, don't misunderstand. I'm not saying, "My God, look what the media is doing!" from the standpoint I can't believe they're doing it. I totally believe it. I'm just giving you an example here of the latest example of the propaganda.
RUSH: Here from the UK Daily Mail: "Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is causing storms in North America to become stronger and changing weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a new Nasa study has claimed. Researchers found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world."
So it's not the evil United States. It's the evil ChiComs, apparently, now, who are responsible for dramatic strengthening of storms because of their pollution. The lead author from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, "There appears to be little doubt that these particles from Asia affect storms sweeping across the Pacific and subsequently the weather patterns in North America and the rest of the world. ... The pollution results in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation."
It's all the ChiComs' fault.
RUSH: By the way, now it's the ChiComs? All of a sudden, out of the clear blue, it's ChiCom pollution affecting our weather patterns? Is that now "settled science"? If it is, why are we just hearing about this now? How come we haven't heard about this before? It's like those five new greenhouse gases that nobody knew about 'til last month.
But somehow we discovered five new ones, and it makes it all even worse? Meanwhile, the ChiComs are building something like five soft-coal power plants a week. They are not gonna participate in any of this. They're not gonna shut down their own economic growth no matter what.
RUSH: "23 Global Warming & Climate Change Stories All Americans Should Read Before Earth Day." Earth Day is April 22nd. It was a week from yesterday. This is the Independent Journal Review, and all they've done is gone back to the Nexis database and have found 23 independent news stories debunking the whole notion of man-made global warming.
I'll give you a sample. "1. Humans are NOT to Blame for Global Warming, Says Greenpeace Co-founder. ... 2. [NASA propogandist 2. James Hansen Admits Global Temperature Standstill Is Real. ... 3. 'Gaia' Scientist James Lovelock: I Was ‘Alarmist’ About Climate Change. ... 4. Climategate U-turn as Scientist at Centre of Row Admits: There Has Been No Global Warming Since 1995 ...
"5. Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating? (Der Spiegel). ... 6. Warming Plateau? Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth (Der Spiegel) ... 7. German Public Television Stuns Its Readers, Concedes Medieval Warm Period May Have Been 0.5°C Warmer Than Today!" Well, the Medieval Warm Period, that's Michael Mann's famous hockey stick diagram, and the Medieval Warm Period was supposedly muuuuch, muuuuch cooler.
That's the basis of showing so much warming, and now they may have found it was actually warmer then than today, which would debunk the whole thing. "8. Why Has Global Warming Stalled? (BBC) ... 9. Global Warming Pause 'Central' to IPCC Climate Report (BBC)." There's 23 of these things -- 23 independent stories that are out there that never got promulgated in the mainstream and they never got trumpeted -- that point out that everything the warmists are saying isn't true.
It didn't get warmer. It wasn't that much cooler long ago. It's such a hoax! I was reading my tech blogs yesterday after the program. I forget which one it was, but it was kind of sad. These young, 25/30-year-old people... It had to be 3,000-word post on a tech blog, a computer tech blog. It was just slavish, total devotion to the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or whatever.
Whatever these people say, there was no questioning. There was no doubt. There was no curiosity. There was no suspicion. It was just a total recitation of the absolute BS that comes out of the UN on this. It's just one person but it was still kind of disheartening to see this total, slavish devotion to it, and then there was this arrogant assumption.
"We know it all and you don't and the people that don't believe this are nutcases," and so forth. I don't know. I guess it boils down to the fact that I really hate seeing young people's minds ruined, and I hate seeing them participate in the ruination. This went beyond politics. This went beyond just young little leftist believing everything the UN said. This had many more components to it.
RUSH: Yeah, it is. It's a state-sponsored religion. That's why my little tech buddy is just totally devoted to whatever the UN says. I can't adequately describe how disheartening it was. I hope I'm conveying it. He had just total, total belief, and it was all BS. This guy thought he was being brilliant, reciting all the "science." The answer is it's a state-sponsored religion, global warming is.
RUSH: Folks, I just got an e-mail with a picture. There is a guy on Wilshire Boulevard, just standing there on Wilshire Boulevard somewhere with a miniature boom box listening to this program. He's called the Goat Man. I just got an e-mail from a friend who encountered this guy on Wilshire smiling with his mini-boom box and he's got this program blaring on it. So I said, "Well, I've gotta give this guy a shout-out."
He's listening to KEIB AM. Of course, they've named a station after the network here, folks. This guy's tuned in at KEIB. (laughing) He's smiling. He's holding his boom box. He's dressed in all black. He's on Wilshire. He calls himself the Goat Man. Now, he's not homeless. No, no, no, no, no. He's not homeless. He just has his place there on the street. I guess he's like a human billboard for the program that I only just heard about.