RUSH: Atlanta, Andrew, glad you waited. You’re next, EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Yes, sir. Good afternoon, Mr. Rush. Longtime listener, man, how you doing?
RUSH: Very well, sir. Thanks very much for the call.
CALLER: I gotta tell you, I could talk to you about the hypocrisy of the left. I could talk to you about what’s going on down here in the Gulf. I could talk to you about a thousand different things right now that just boil my blood, but as you know this time of the year is when our families redo the health care premieres for the company you’re going through both individually all through your company, and I got an e-mail I can forward to you that I just got from the general manager of my company, and I’m 29 years old with my 26-year-old wife and my son, and I manage the entire southeastern United States and we just got an e-mail saying that our health care provider has now dropped us, the company, and that our new PPO — it’s not even a PPO anymore, it’s POS, is $515 per paycheck, biweekly. So $1,030 a month, except for two months a year when I get to pay over $1,500. And if these people honestly don’t think that what’s going on in DC, because I’m an average Joe, does not affect their lives, they’re living in a dream world.
RUSH: Oh, I think they know that, and I think more and more people are starting to realize it as you are. I want to make sure I understand what happened to you. Your company dropped you, you say?
CALLER: No, the insurance company dropped my company.
CALLER: They said that they can no longer afford the high level PPO. And on top of this, Rush, my father is a doctor in Albany, Georgia. He’s an optometrist, and his office has had the same health insurance plan for years, and even his health insurance plan at a doctor’s office said they can no longer afford to be in health care insurance, and both instances stated —
RUSH: Have you ever — try something.
CALLER: Go ahead.
RUSH: Just try something. And I’m not trying to be a wise guy. See if you could go out and just somewhere, join a pool for catastrophic health insurance only, and pay for everything else yourself. See what you can find.
CALLER: Actually it’s funny you said that. I dropped — (unintelligible) there’s no way we can afford that, and so for my wife and son, I pay for the health care insurance, but out of pocket for Blue Cross/Blue Shield here in Georgia. Because my company’s insurance plan up in New Jersey, which was where my company’s headquartered out of in the states.
RUSH: I wish I had more time with you but I don’t. This is make or break time, I’ve gotta go. But I’m sure this is gonna come up again. Thanks for the call.
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