RUSH: Claire in Palm Bay, Florida. Hi. Welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.
CALLER: It’s an honor, sir.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Ugh. (sigh) I just want to say that my anger and hatred for this man is just growing by the day. We’re paying 600 bucks a month for my husband’s job for insurance. No big deal. I can call in there today and go in there tomorrow, specialist maybe a couple weeks. No big deal because I know I’m getting in. Now I’m going to have to suffer and wait along with millions of others, you know, three months maybe to get into them and I’ll be lucky if I can go to a primary care doctor. Why isn’t…? I got a couple things to say. Why isn’t the media saying the real numbers of these people that are uninsured like the illegals and the people that don’t want to pay for insurance? You remember Graeme (sic) Frost a couple years ago, that little kid that went on Capitol Hill with his parents, they were from Ft. Lauderdale? The parents had a fit. There was a big stink about it. And his parents were loaded. He was an architect. She’s a nurse. Blah, blah, blah, the three cars.
RUSH: I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget that.
CALLER: Oh, yes little Graeme, yes. You know, it’s people like that that don’t want to pay for it and this is just getting out of control. I’m getting frightened about what’s going on, and what my solution —
RUSH: Wait, let’s go back… Okay, go ahead with your solution.
CALLER: Okay. Well, my idea is set these bleeding heart liberals and movie stars why do they come up with a tax or make them pay. Like Bill Gates, Oprah, Kennedy, Pelosi, Soros, why can’t they with all their money, pay? Maybe they can pay for this insurance crap that’s going on. This is insane that we have to pay for, you know, these idiots that don’t have any and what I heard yesterday the illegals are exempt from this, they don’t have to pay now?
RUSH: Now, this is very, very interesting. Very, very interesting. Because earlier this week there was a town meeting in Maryland with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and one of his constituents was there. This constituent had lost his job and lost his health care, and he didn’t mind. He said, ‘I have the money for other things. I don’t mind not having to pay for my health insurance.’ And Cardin said, well — and the guy wanted to know, you going to fine me if I don’t have health insurance?
CALLER: Oh, yeah.
RUSH: And Cardin said: Well, you’re a burden on the system because you’re making everybody else pay for you. That sounds like what you’re saying, that you resent like the Frost family, you know, being trotted out here as examples of an unfair, unjust health care system. And you’re sick and tired of picking up the slack for people who access the system and aren’t paying anything for it. That’s right?
CALLER: That’s correct. I mean isn’t there a solution like my old dentist down south, before we moved up here, he had a plan, I think it was a hundred bucks, 150 bucks a year. You can go and get your x-rays, two cleanings, this, that, and the other. Isn’t there something that they can have the doctors come up with for these people that don’t want to pay or, you know, the lower class?
RUSH: Well, now, wait a second, now. This ‘don’t want to pay’ business, I’m not sure how this works. If you go to the doctor and you don’t have insurance and you get treated, they’re going to send you a bill.
CALLER: True. That is true.
RUSH: Ninety percent of the American people are covered. I think your focus is correct when you say we are — and the House health care bill purposely stipulates that we’re going to cover all of the illegal immigrants in the country, whatever number it is, 12 million to 20 million. But, look, your complaint, your lament here is not just limited to health care. There are people all over this country fed up with paying for a lot of things for people that are not assuming the responsibility.
CALLER: Oh, yes, I agree with that, yeah.
RUSH: But —
CALLER: Housing and other things.
RUSH: But your circumstance, the thing that you describe, is no reason to overhaul the whole system and tear it apart and put it back together again in a way that will make it even less functional. So you have my sympathy. I totally relate to what you’re saying.