RUSH: I’m going to go out on a limb here. I don’t think Obama’s going to get his national health care. We got too many forces aligned up against it. He’s got some defections within his own party on this public option business. Plus, the doctors are tired being the villains here. He may get the AMA as a group, you know, like getting a union leader group to endorse what he’s doing but the rank-and-file in the AMA, the doctors of this country are tired of being considered the villains in health care. And it’s only going to get worse for him if we get this public option, this government-run health care. So if I were you, ladies and gentlemen, don’t give up on this one. I’ll tell you another reason I think this is going to go down in flames. Mrs. Clinton’s health care plan was going to take years and years and years to roll out. Obama’s going to get this done in two months. He’s going to try to get it all taken care of in one piece of legislation, and the closer this gets to 2010, which is an election year for a lot of Democrats in the House, it’s more problematic, that’s why he wants to do it now.
RUSH: This is me just a month ago, May 13th, behind the Golden EIB Microphone.
RUSH ARCHIVE: There’s no way that these health benefits are not going to be taxed one way or a couple of ways. There’s no way. They’re going to be taxed as income to you, imputed income to you, or they’re going to eliminate the tax deductibility and maybe a combination of both. It’s too great a source of money, and they don’t have any. And they want national health care. And they’re going to tell everybody only the rich are going to be paying this tax anyway, not you. As they lie to you again.
RUSH: Yesterday on Meet the Press, David Gregory to Joe Biden, ‘Will the president sign a bill that taxes health care benefits for employees?’
BIDEN: We’ve made it clear we do not think that is the way to go. We think that is the wrong way to finance this legislation.
GREGORY: So if the bill comes with that, the president wouldn’t sign it?
BIDEN: No, no, I didn’t say that.
RUSH: Now, that happened pretty quickly. Let me read that to you ’cause Biden’s learning here from Obama or vice versa. ‘We’ve made it clear we do not think that is the way to go. We think that is the wrong way to finance this legislation.’ Gregory: ‘So if the bill comes with that –‘ Biden: no, no, no, no. ‘– the president wouldn’t sign it?’ Biden: ‘I didn’t say that.’ We don’t think it’s the way to go but if we have to sign it, with that in it, if that’s the only way we can get it we’ll do it. In other words, they just want to pass it off to Congress, they want Congress to take the heat on raising taxes on your health care benefits. That’s all it is.
RUSH: Hey, folks, I don’t want you to get overconfident now when I postulate that the health care system Obama wants is gonna go down the tubes and that he’s not going to get it. I don’t mean you should just say to yourself, ‘All right, it’s over.’ It’s only going to fail if everybody keeps speaking out against it, if everybody maintains their energy level against it. I’m just telling you I’m getting the sense that the energy level to this point is starting to get some traction. But don’t take my opinion here that it can be beaten back and stopped, as a sign that it has been and that you don’t need to get engaged or involved in it.