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RUSH: Here’s some compassion. Here is some real, genuine compassion. The Democrat Party, they own it, right? Liberal, they’re the ones with the big hearts. They’re the ones who really care. This is actually a great case of projection. Who is it is that has set up death panels? Who is it that has written legislation that will have bureaucrats decide who does and does not get lifesaving treatment based on whatever criteria they want to use? These are Democrat-written bills in the Senate and in the House. Not one Republican word in any of these bills, right? It’s this public option that is going to determine who among us lives and dies on the basis of who among us gets health care, gets treatment based on whatever criteria they say is necessary. Last night on the floor of the House, Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, spoke about health care reform and said this.

GRAYSON: If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly! That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick. Remember the Republican plan: Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.

RUSH: Now, that is simply outrageous. There is no Republican plan in any way, shape, manner, or form that comes close to this. The only plan that asks you to die and get out of the way is a Democrat plan. In 1984, Richard Lamm, Democrat governor of Colorado: ‘Old people have a duty to die and get out of the way.’ Back then he was laughed off the public stage. ‘How could you say something so uncaring? Die and get out of the way?’ Twenty-five years later Newsweek magazine has a cover story: ‘The Case for Pulling the Plug on Granny.’ It’s the American left that wants you to die. They want you to die in the womb, and they want you to die when you’re no longer productive toward the end of your life. It’s the Democrat Party that’s obsessed with your death. It’s the Democrat Party that is obsessed not with life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, but the exact opposite. They’re the party of abortion and euthanasia. Slavery, not liberty. Everybody being created miserable and mediocre. That’s how they would rewrite the Constitution. They’re in the process of doing it now without actually touching the document. Now, let’s go to Scarborough’s show today on MSNBC. Mika Brzezinski is talking to Congressman Elijah Cummings of the Congressional Black Caucus. ‘Congressman, are you prepared to say that Grayson went too far in his language that Republicans want people to die.’

CUMMINGS: I’m not prepared to say that. I see a lot of people in my community dying slowly because they don’t have health care and don’t have insurance, and so — and many of them have been the victims. When I go to town hall meetings, and I ask, say, a 90% African-American audience how many know of people who have died within the last year that they knew or believe strongly should not have died because they didn’t have insurance or were not treated properly, 90% of the people consistently hold up their hands.

RUSH: Now, I want to give you a comparison. Joe Wilson goes House to the floor during that joint speech and says, ‘You lie’ to Obama. The Republican Party, despite Joe Wilson telling the truth, denounce him. ‘That was uncalled for! That was uncivil! We don’t need that.’ A Democrat goes to the House floor and says, ‘Republicans want you to die quickly. Get sick and die quickly.’ They go to Elijah Cummings and he says, ‘Oh, no, I think it’s absolutely right! In fact, black people are dying because of Republicans.’ They don’t throw their own people under the bus. They amplify what they say.

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RUSH: Speaking of Elijah Cummings, I don’t believe anybody in this country is dying because of a lack of health insurance. But that’s what Obama is saying, and Obama’s a grand pooh-bah so Elijah Cummings goes out there and repeats it and so forth and so on, and that’s how these things become mantras. Then the Drive-Bys pick it up, and before you know it 45,000 people a year are dying, dying, dying. And the Democrat Party is obsessed with death. Life, no. Abortion, euthanasia. Liberty? No. Slavery. Subordination to government. Pursuit of happiness? Not possible. I’ve yet to meet a happy liberal. They’re angry, deranged lunatics. They don’t want to enjoy life. If they become a vegetarian, everybody else must become one! If a conservative becomes a vegetarian, fine, whatever you want to do with your life is fine, you want to eat meat, go ahead. If a liberal buys a Prius, everybody has to buy a Prius! If a conservative buys a Prius he’s made fun of by his friends, and eventually sells it.

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RUSH: Bill in Indianapolis. Hello, Bill. It’s great to have you on the program. Thank you for waiting, sir.

CALLER: Yeah. What a pleasure it is for you to get to speak to a happy, healthy ogler.

RUSH: (laughing) Yeah. It’s nice to have somebody happy.

CALLER: That’s right. My question is, I keep hear these from these liberal Democrats that 40,000 people die every year that do not have health care coverage. How many people with good health care coverage die?

RUSH: Uhhh…

CALLER: More than 40,000.

RUSH: Well, that would be about, say 300,000 a year because of smoking, 400,000 a year because of obesity, 500,000 a year because of trans fats — and I bet they all ate carrots, too, while they had health insurance.

CALLER: That’s right. That’s right.

RUSH: Forty thousand people are not dying because they don’t have health insurance.

CALLER: They’re dying because of bad health.

RUSH: They’re dying because people die!

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: Good health does not give you immortality. We die. Sometimes you die in an auto accident. Doesn’t matter. Elijah Cummings is out there saying in his constituency, blacks are dying because they don’t have health coverage — oops, oops, health insurance! Health insurance! I would like for him to produce one death certificate of one of his constituents that says, ‘Cause of death: No health insurance.’ I want to see it! I want a parade. I want to see the caskets. I want to see the cemetery. I want to see the graveyard. I want to see the tombstones of all of his constituents who have died because they had no health insurance. They throw these numbers around which are cockamamie and absurd. So show us the cemetery! Show us the death certificate. If you don’t want to do that, just give us the case examples. Say, ‘Person A, B, C here passed away because they didn’t have health insurance — meaning they got really sick and they didn’t get covered, didn’t get any treatment.’ Really? Did they go to the emergency room? Because it’s a federal law you have to be treated when you go in there. These people are just a bunch of lying sacks of you-know-what, folks, through and through. It’s all they know how to do.

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