RUSH: Now, look at this headline, and this is from the state-controlled Associated Press. By the way, hi, folks, even though you know it, Rush Limbaugh here and the most listened to and best radio show out there. I know you’re there and you know I’m here so let’s just go. ‘Obama Retools Pitch for Health Care Legislation.’ Now, what does that mean? Obama retools health care legislation. The subhead from state-controlled AP: ‘Consumer Protections Among the President’s New Conditions — President Barack Obama is retooling his pitch for legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system by emphasizing that any bill he signs will include consumer protections as congressional Democrats struggle to show progress on his top domestic priority. Among conditions that White House aides say Obama will outline later Wednesday: insurers would be required to set annual caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses, to fully cover routine tests to help prevent illness, and to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays the premium in full,’ squeezing the insurance company. This is not true.
Again, most everything our beloved president is saying about health care is not true. Retool. It’s just a not-so-fancy word for switching the lies. You know, health insurance, Obama says health insurance cannot exclude preexisting conditions. Have you heard him say that? And the reason he’s saying it is because there are a lot of people who really don’t like Obama but one member of the family has one of these preexisting conditions and they can’t get insurance for it, or it’s very expensive if they are able to get it. So he’s out there telling them don’t worry, my plan, you’re going to be forced, the insurance company’s going to be forced to cover preexisting conditions, except, of course, if you are a seasoned citizen, then your preexisting condition denies you all treatment, such as a pacemaker. So this is what retooling is. He gives with one hand and he takes away with the other. For example, Obama says the Democrats are not cutting Medicare, but the House bill includes $362 billion in Medicare cuts.
There’s an NPR poll out today that reports that the Democrats’ health care plan, a plurality of 47% opposed, 42% said they were in favor. This is NPR. I’m going to tell you what’s going on here and I don’t want anybody to get giddy. I don’t want you to get all excited here. I’m just giving you a status report as of a snapshot of this point in time. The Democratic Party may be cracking up. I’m not saying it is yet. It’s too early to say that. But Obama has put this party’s fate at grave risk, as well as he has put this country at great risk, because if Obama gets government-run health care, the so-called Blue Dog Democrats — and they know this — are going to pay for it in the next election, many of them will lose. If he does not get government-run health care, then it will be his fault, and that in his party’s leadership and it will be properly and rightly viewed as a failure because he made it his top priority and blew it himself on many levels. It does not help this that he’s out there — he’s in North Carolina and someplace else today — with another town meeting or two on this. He’s a rookie, he’s throwing a little wild pitches.
I want you to hear this. I still can’t get over this sound bite from yesterday from the tele-town hall that he did with the AARP — oh, wait ’til I tell you what we found out about AARP. Folks, the guy that sends out and writes the AARP magazine or the newsletter every year, turns out this guy was married to Andrea Dworkin. Does that name ring a bell? (staff comment) No, Catharine MacKinnon is the wacko out of Michigan who was teaching female law students that all sex is rape, including the sex in marriage. No, Andrea Dworkin, I have to be very, very judicious here. I first heard of Andrea Dworkin when I was in Sacramento and she came into town to do a lecture. Let’s just say that, according to the latest demonization group, the group being demonized by Democrats to push health care, the obese, she could be the poster child, spokeswoman. I know this is unkind but, folks, they ran a picture of her in the Sacramento Bee at a restaurant prior to the lecture. It’s just a shame. Anyway, she was a man-hating feminist, and this guy that she married is apparently gay. I’ll get the story. I’ve got this whole health care stack. It’s just something reminded me of this about what I said the AARP thing, because the magazine that this group sends out that every member gets is outrageously propagandized.
It’s like I said yesterday, all this group is is a bunch of uber-ultraleftist radicals. Well, retired union officials, yeah, retired union members and so forth. Anyway, when Obama goes out, this is the kind of stuff that he’s doing that is putting his party in peril. I’m not saying that they’re cracking up yet but, folks, they’re unrestrained, their hubris, their arrogance is breathless to behold. They know that they can’t be stopped and so Barney Frank’s out there flapping his gums and saying some of the most outrageous things, Maxine Waters is upset. We got that sound bite from Maxine yesterday where the chickens are coming home to roost. Grab that one real quick, would you? I’m not trying to tease you on this Obama bite, you heard it yesterday, but grab Maxine Waters. She’s also upset at the Blue Dogs, she’s really mad and she’s really mad at Rahm Emanuel because Rahm Emanuel is the guy that came up with the strategery to go get the Blue Dogs to run in conservative Republican districts and win to give Pelosi a majority.
WATERS (sped up): That may be difficult for Rahm Emanuel because, don’t forget, he recruited most of them. As when he was over in the Congress in the leadership, Rahm Emanuel recruited more conservative members and, based on some of the information that I’m getting, they told him that they could vote the way they wanted to vote, that they would not interfere with what they considered their philosophy about some of these things, so now the chickens have come home to roost.
RUSH: That’s what I mean, the party, it may be cracking up. I’m not saying that it is yet, but there have to be Democrats here, more and more of them know what is in store for their party if this passes and some of them know what’s in store for their party if it fails. I mean when you run the show, when you assume office with this overwhelming popularity such as Obama did, you own both houses of Congress, and you can’t pass his signature piece of legislation because your own party won’t go along with it, I’m telling you, it’s exciting to watch. I’m not saying get giddy yet. I’m fascinated to watch this. It’s also very heartwarming because the country isn’t buying this. We have not lost the United States, folks. We have not lost the United States of America. We have not lost it. Now, there’s a very sad poll out here. It’s a Rasmussen poll. This is heartbreaking. (interruption) I’ve got the Obama bite coming up. Sit tight. I’m just employing a — it’s improv here. I’m going to get to it before the commercial break. I’m not teasing anybody. I’m not using a time old trick to keep you hanging on. I know you don’t leave this show. You’re not here for Obama bites; you’re here for me, so there’s no trick here.
‘Nearly one out of two US voters, 49%, now say the nation’s best days are in the past. That is a five-point jump from last month and the highest level of pessimism on this question in a year. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% still say America’s best days are in the future, a finding that’s held steady since April.’ This doesn’t help them, either. How would you like to be the ruling political party and about half the country says, well, the salad days are gone, all that’s ahead is a bag of excrement. And you’re thinking about your kids and your grandkids. So this is not at all the way any of this was envisioned. I hate seeing people think of the country this way because these are the people who are going to determine whether our best days are ahead of us or not. But you can understand it. Here you have the economy the way it is, jobs the way they are and so forth, people’s real lives cannot be counterbalanced by whatever rhetoric that Obama comes up with each day at a town hall meeting. All right, here we go. This is a sound bite from yesterday that if every American, if every doctor just heard this over and over and over again a death blow could be dealt. Here it is.
OBAMA (sped up): We also want to start rewarding doctors for quality, not just the quantity of care that they provide. Instead of rewarding them for how many procedures they perform or how many tests they order, we’ll bundle payments so providers aren’t paid for every treatment they offer when they chronic — to a patient with a chronic condition like diabetes, but instead are paid for how are they managing that disease overall.
RUSH: This is just heart stopping. This is a guy with a five-minute career. He served 150 days in the United States Senate. Before that he taught people in Chicago how to agitate. And now he’s going to sit in judgment of how well doctors do their work. He’s going to sit in judgment of how they are monitored. Do you realize this is a mere 19-second bite? ‘We’re going to reward doctors for quality, not just quantity. Instead of rewarding them for how many procedures they perform or how many tests they order we’re going to bundle payments so the providers aren’t paid for every treatment they offer.’ So it’s an insult to doctors. Only he and his appointed bureaucrats will be able to sit there and judge how well doctors do, and let me tell you there’s only one way they can do that and that’s by getting into everybody’s health care records. Medical records. That’s the only way they will know. He even admitted they don’t have enough bureaucrats yet to put in every doctor’s office to monitor every treatment and every patient that comes in.
This is just shocking, the hubris. This guy wouldn’t know, probably, where to find the Neosporin at a grocery store. This guy probably wouldn’t know where the Band-Aids are in his own house. And now he’s going to sit in judgment of doctors while he impugns them, he impugns the insurance agencies and so forth. I’ve always thought that Geraldo Rivera was the grim reaper because you watch Fox and whenever anybody is about to die or has died — that’s how I knew Michael Jackson was toast, when Fox finally put Geraldo on there that day, that’s when I knew that Michael Jackson was dead. But now I’m wondering who really is the grim reaper? Is it Obama or is it Geraldo or is it maybe both? One guy arranges an untimely death, the other guy covers it. If this passes, folks, I just want to tell you, if Obamacare passes, Geraldo is going to be covering retirement homes like they were Ground Zero in category five hurricanes.
RUSH: I’ll just tell you, it’s a damn good thing for Obama, Dr. Chicago, that the last election was decided on the quantity and not quality of his voters, as all elections always are. Dr. Chicago. I think that works. Dr. Chicago. Not Dr. Obama. Dr. Chicago. And I have a little news here from CNN: ”Detroit Area Jobless Rate Tops 17%’ — Government report shows unemployment continues to rise in the Motor City. California’s Riverside area also ranks high.’ This is CNN. It’s by Ben Rooney, CNNMoney.com. He needs to talk to the TV people over at CNN because they say the recession’s over, but here’s Detroit, 17% unemployment.