RUSH: Raleigh, North Carolina, and Phillip. You’re next, sir. Great to have you with us.
CALLER: Thank you for taking my call, Rush.
CALLER: I’ve been listening to you since the White House was under siege back in the early nineties.
RUSH: I appreciate your being here that long, sir.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I had two questions that I wanted to address with you. One very brief, one a little more comprehensive. I’d like to start with mainly the health care. As a health insurance broker, small businessman, I might add, I’ve done a lot of research into the market. I talk to people all the time, and what the government is essentially planning to do, or Hillary is, is to, ‘I’m going to regulate it better than the people who are already regulating it now,’ when government has never regulated anything better. And attached to that, why aren’t those questions being asked in the presidential race as opposed to who’s doing what in Iowa and how much money they’re raising?
RUSH: Well, there’s a simple answer to the question. In the case of the Drive-By Media, there is no doubt that the federal government should be in charge of as much of your life and your business and mine as possible. So when Hillary Clinton, if I’m understanding you right, if Hillary Clinton and Obama are offering competing plans as run by the government, nobody’s asking the question, ‘Well, wait a minute, you guys have never run a health care business, you guys have never done anything, why in the world are you more qualified than people in the private sector?’ They’re not going to ask that question because you gotta understand how liberals think. The private sector is corrupt, the government’s angelic.
CALLER: Huh. I mean I guess based off of what they expect people like me to believe that?
RUSH: No, they don’t expect you to believe it. They expect your customers to believe it. They think that most — and your employees. They think most people are dumb and foolable and so forth and can be made to hate you because you’re the boss and love government because they are going to protect your customers and employees from evil people like you. That’s the gambit.
CALLER: Right. But unfortunately, the truth of the matter is, I’d just like to add, that folks like me, the brokers, the agents out there, are always a phone call away if there’s ever an issue, versus you ever try to get on the phone with Medicare? Hope you’ve got at least a few minutes.
RUSH: Look, I keep making this point. If you don’t like going to DMV, imagine if the only place you can go to resolve a health care problem is some government agency. Anybody who’s ever had an experience with a large bureaucracy — and, by the way, if Mrs. Clinton’s elected and she gets her arms totally around this, and the only place you can go is government, folks, take a look at Canada, take a look at Great Britain. When that’s the only place you can go, the people working there have no incentive to make you happy, they have no incentive to speed things up, they’re government workers on a G pay scale, and it’s not going to matter, and they’re going to work at their own pace, and it’s just the way it is. It’s a mystery to me why people think — well, it’s not a mystery. I understand it. It’s just something we have to combat. People think the government is beneficent, benevolent, that it is angelic, it has only the best of intentions for its people, and the private sector is where the average consumer gets screwed. It is people like Mrs. Clinton and Barack Obama who spread that image and make that notion each and every day. It’s just an offshoot of the class envy thing.