RUSH: What an outright laugher, folks, it’s an outright laugher. Obama’s got a column in the Wall Street Journal today about how he’s gonna review all these regulations out there and he’s gonna get rid of all these regulations that are obstacles to business. If he meant it, he would join us in repealing his health care bill. You can’t find a greater collection of harmful regulations. Maybe he could learn something from the ChiComs. You know, Chairman Hu Jintao is in town, big Chinese dinner. I had chicken with broccoli and some fried rice, restaurant recipe, ’cause I know I’m not gonna be invited to the state dinner. So I got my vicarious thrill with a Chinese lunch. But maybe Hu Jintao can give Obama some advice on how to get rid of excessive regulations. I mean the ChiComs probably don’t even have any regulations written down. When a bureaucrat does something over the years that’s excessive, a little over the top, they just put him against the wall and shoot him. It saves a lot of paperwork and a lot of time. Don’t even mess with the trial, any number of ways to learn about this.
Obama shoulda tried to sell the idea that he has a balanced view of federal regulations somewhere else, because most people who read the Wall Street Journal realize how unbalanced Obama is. I mean of all places to write this. They’re coming after us, folks. More on that in due course. But in certain quarters the president is being cheered for this op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, which the State-Controlled Media is saying that he is listening to businessmen. (laughing) Listening to businessmen. Last week the same media told us that Darrell Issa and other Republicans listening to businessmen was a scandal. Remember that? Darrell Issa wanted to bring a bunch of businessmen up and tell him, ‘What are the regulations that are in your way?’ And the Democrats and the media went out and said, ‘That’s crony, why, you can’t do that, why, that’s cheating, why, that shows that they’re on the side of the people against the middle class.’ And so here’s Obama ripping a page out of Darrell Issa’s book and the State-Controlled Media is lapping it up.
RUSH: Michael in Chicago, you’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Welcome. Nice to have you here, sir.
CALLER: Good afternoon, sir, and it is a pleasure and an honor to speak to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much. I love this —
CALLER: Let me preface my remarks by telling you that I am a 27-year Teamster, union Teamster, working for a private sector company.
CALLER: And for a long time I used to buy into everything they told us about the Democrats and about politics.
CALLER: In the late nineties I started listening to your show. One day you said something I found so profound that I started making changes in my life — and because of you, sir, I no longer have a job. That’s because I’m 58, I’m retired, and I’m very comfortable. (laughs) So this is the effect that you have on people.
RUSH: Congratulations, sir! I’m glad that your retirement’s comfortable.
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: Are you secluded behind locked doors?
CALLER: No, no, no, no, no. I started taking charge of my life. You made me a believer, and I made some changes in my life, and I started looking out for myself as opposed to thinking somebody else would do it for me.
RUSH: Was that the profundity you heard said on this program?
CALLER: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. That’s precisely what happened to me.
RUSH: That nobody’s gonna care as much about you as you do?
CALLER: Or my investments.
CALLER: And as it turned out I started changing the way I was doing some things, and it just happened to work out very, very well for me.
RUSH: Well, I’m really gratified. I’m glad that you got through, and I thank you very much.
CALLER: The reason I called today is because Kathleen Sebelius made a statement today that 129 million Americans have preexisting conditions.
RUSH: Yeah, how convenient. On the day they start the repeal-of-Obama-health-care debate, 129 million Americans have preexisting conditions.
CALLER: Are these people…? The fear-mongering will never stop. These people have no self-respect.
RUSH: Ha! No kidding. (chuckles)
CALLER: I’ve come to the conclusion that every time I hear a Democrat speak, I’m gonna point my finger at ’em and start laughing.
RUSH: Well, they hate that. They hate that when you don’t take them seriously. Here’s the story: ‘As many as 129 million Americans under age 65,’ so you see it’s not just the elderly, ‘have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government’s first attempt to quantify the number of people at risk of being rejected by insurance companies …’ Ha-ha-ha. And it comes from who? Why, the unassailable Kathleen Sebelius, chairman of Health and Human Services, who is empowered by the Obamacare law to do practically anything she wants.
‘The secretary of health and human services released the study on Tuesday, hours before the House began considering a Republican bill that would repeal the new law to overhaul the health-care system. … The report is part of the Obama administration’s salesmanship to convince the public of the advantages of the law,’ and, of course, ‘The study is laced with reminders about provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — as the [job-killing] law is formally known — that are designed to eliminate insurance problems for such people.’ (laughing) One hundred twenty-nine million people have preexisting conditions! Under their definition, everybody has a preexisting condition. I’m not kidding.
‘Are you going to get sick someday?’
‘Are you going to have some kind of an accident someday?’
What percentage of people who ate carrots were either sick or involved in an automobile accident 30 days later? What percentage of people who had French fries also had gastrointestinal distress within six months? Everybody has a preexisting condition. You know why? Because everybody is going to die. If half of Americans have preexisting conditions, how is it that anybody has health insurance? Because we’ve been told that these eeevil insurance companies don’t cover preexisting conditions and that we needed Obamacare for it. Yet the study says that most of these people are covered. I would submit to you, ladies and gentlemen, since we’re destroying planet anyway (that brilliant thinker just said so in his book), that life, LIFE is a preexisting condition.