RUSH: Karen in San Diego, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Yeah. How you doing there, Rush? When this stuff is going up in Washington… I have private health care, how is that going to affect me?
RUSH: Private health care. Well, to be honest with you, you’re going to lose it in a matter of years. It won’t be immediate. How — do you mind telling me how old you are, Karen?
CALLER: I’m 50.
RUSH: Fifty? Not good. I’m 58, and it ain’t good for you and I.
CALLER: That’s right.
RUSH: Because what’s going to happen here is they’re going to get this done — if they get it done — it will not be implemented until 2013 so that Obama will not face a revolt in the 2012 elections. And then when it gets implemented in 2013, you’ll still have your private insurance. It’s going to take a number of years to force the insurance companies out of business and to force people onto the public option. They’re not going to be able to wave a magic wand and have this done overnight, but it will happen. And let’s say it happens — Well, Obama’s target year, he said it might take 10 to 15 years to totally wipe out private were insurance. Now, they’re going to try to do it soon than that, and they might succeed, but 10 to 15 years makes you 65, and ‘Hello, death panels.’
CALLER: I hear you. Can I ask you one more question?
CALLER: On those Sleep Number Beds, are they — because I have a bad back — I’m thinking about getting one, do they really work for backs?
RUSH: No, I just make it all up. (laughs) Please! Of course they work! Let me tell you something. I got an e-mail from a guy — what was he, a truck driver or something? — bad back, and I read it on the air last week, and he had tried all kinds of medication, all kinds of everything, he went out and bought a Sleep Number Bed, and he doesn’t have the back pain anymore.
CALLER: Wow, that’s amazing. I’ll be getting, like, $2,400 from my boyfriend this year for Christmas. I figured I’d go buy one of those.
RUSH: How do you know that your boyfriend is going to give you $2,400?
CALLER: Because every year we’re together I get $200, and we’ve been together 12 years. It increases. He started it 12 years ago.
RUSH: Hmm. Now, this is interesting.
CALLER: Nice guy, huh?
SEBELIUS: When did you guys strike this deal?
CALLER: He struck it one — Christmas Eve. The first Christmas Eve we were together.
RUSH: So he came up with the plan, $200 a year for every year you’re together?
RUSH: And that was incentive enough to get you to hang in there?
CALLER: Oh, heck, yeah! He’s one hell of a guy.
RUSH: Two hundred bucks. What does he get after 12 years of bliss?
CALLER: All of me.
RUSH: All of you?
CALLER: Hm-hm. I know what Dr. Laura says, I know how to treat a man.
RUSH: I know what Dr. Laura… Oh. All right.
CALLER: Got you stumped, huh?
RUSH: (laughing) ‘Treat a man.’ (laughing) So you’re, in effect, going to be paid $2,400 this Christmas —
CALLER: Not paid. Just — because he doesn’t give me flowers or cards or anything during the year, so this is my, you know, reward for what I do for him. All year.
RUSH: You get no flowers or cards during the year?
CALLER: No, but I get a whopping gift at the end of the year for Christmas.
RUSH: And this year it’s 2,400 bucks?
RUSH: Well, I think it’s a win-win.
CALLER: I do, too.
RUSH: You and your back pain on the Sleep Number Bed, and he gets all of you on the Sleep Number Bed, so he’ll get — it’s like, it’s a win-win, I’d do it.