RUSH: Michele Bachmann hit Obamacare hard last night, and she was on the money, making the point that an executive order alone is not nearly enough to get rid of this. Now, there’s a great piece in the American Spectator. Let’s see. I think it ran yesterday, maybe it’s in today’s issue. I’m not sure. It’s by Grace-Marie Turner: “Obama’s Strategy of Silence.” It’s the same strategy that FDR used for Social Security: Once you get it, shut up. Once it passes, shut up. Don’t say anything about it.
That’s why Obama has stopped talking about it. Here’s a pull-quote: “That’s why it is so crucially important that Obamacare not to slip to a second-tier issue in the political debate. The threats to our liberty, our economy, and our future prosperity could not be greater” than with Obamacare. Grace-Marie Turner also in this piece outlines how the regime’s strategery is in place to effect the Supreme Court and why they are so eager for Romney to be our nominee. Remember, Obamacare’s the signature issue. It is the ballgame. Remember the intense discussions about this during the debate on this bill, and you remember the intense repeal discussions that took place immediately after it was passed. There has been a cooling off. It’s impossible for that not to happen.
It’s just not possible to maintain a fever pitch emotional level ad infinitum. But we’ve got to get that back, because this bill must be repealed. Let me just give you a quick reminder.
All of this that I’m going to tell you, you’ve heard. You know it. You remember it from the debate. I wish to remind you again. If Obama “were to be reelected and Obamacare therefore left in place, the American people will have a shocking awakening in 2014…” The American people who paid scant attention to this, who think that Obamacare is simply health care for everybody at a lower price that somebody else is paying for, are going to be shocked in 2014 “when they are facing a mandate to purchase health insurance policies that will be one of the most expensive items in their family budget.
“When job creation continues to stall because employers are reluctant to hire workers due to federal mandates, fines, and even higher health costs.” Americans will suffer and have a shocking awakening “When businesses have to find out their employees’ household income so they can avoid $3,000 per-employee annual fines.” They will have a shocking awakening “When states find that adequately funding schools, roads, and police protection is almost impossible because dramatically expanded Medicaid costs are crushing their budgets.” If your state has a budget problem now or if your town or community has a budget problem now, you haven’t seen anything until Obamacare is fully implemented.
“Why do you think there are over 2500 or 3000 waivers (that, by the way, will expire when calendar 2013 hits)? They will expire very soon after the election. Those waivers had to be granted, otherwise Obama would be doomed. If anybody were to see in shocking numbers what life will be like under Obamacare before the 2012 presidential election, he wouldn’t get ten votes. That’s why the waivers. “[H]ospital emergency rooms [will] still [be] flooded with patients but funds for this ‘uncompensated care’ are vanishing. [T]ens of millions more [will] line up for subsidized health insurance, adding $1 trillion or more to the cost of the law.” And then the shocking awakening in 2014: “[T]axpayers realize that estimates of the cost of Obamacare were dramatically understated, with more and more deficit-financed dollars poured into an unreformed health care system.
“In the face of this tsunami of change, it’s crucial to direct the conversation back to the health care law’s defects. There are two hot-button issues that will surely force Obamacare back into the center of the political debate: employment-based health insurance and Medicare — both of which affect two huge constituencies with health coverage that is threatened by Obamacare. Start with employer-based health insurance. The White House knew that providing security to those with coverage was a key selling point for passing legislation designed to provide insurance to an estimated 32 million more Americans.
“There are two hot-button issues that will surely force Obamacare back into the center of the political debate: employment-based health insurance and Medicare — both of which affect two huge constituencies with health coverage that is threatened by Obamacare. Start with employer-based health insurance. The White House knew that providing security to those with coverage was a key selling point for passing legislation designed to provide insurance to an estimated 32 million more Americans. Hence the mantra: ‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance.’ But a recent survey of employers conducted by the consulting group McKinsey & Company found that up to 50 percent say they will definitely or probably pursue alternatives to their current health insurance plan after Obamacare takes effect in 2014. That means as many as 78 million Americans could be forced to find other sources of coverage.” Yeah, you can keep your plan if your company keeps it.
The whole point of Obamacare is to get your company to drop health care from its benefit roll. The whole point is to drive private sector health insurance out of business. The whole point is that by 2020 we’ve all only got one place to go for health insurance, and that’s the equivalent of the DMV. That is the entire point of it, so that there ultimately is no choice and no competition. And no, Matilda, none of this is about health care. Nobody in charge of this bill cares a whit whether you live or die. They don’t care whether you get cured of your disease. What they care about is totally controlling your life. What they’re into is power, the power to make decisions for you that will make you more dependent on them and thus entrench them in their little fiefdoms of power.
The idea that Barack Obama or the Democrat Party have any altruistic aims or interests in any of their legislation is something that can be disproved by the results of any liberal program that’s come to pass prior to today. They don’t work. They cost more than promised. In fact, not only do these liberal programs not work, they end up destroying people, families, lives, opportunity. Yet people keep investing in the good intentions, the big hearts that are behind all these ideas. So it is important not to get sidetracked by vaccinations, a bunch of social issues and stuff because this is the seminal issue.
I’ll tell you, as far as Rick Perry is concerned, any way you slice it, this in-state tuition for illegal aliens is a far more serious problem for Rick Perry than this vaccine is gonna end up being ’cause he’s admitted the mistake on the vaccine. He has not admitted the mistake on illegal immigration, and if he does that too late it’s gonna be seen as political opportunism and a last-minute conversion. Just trust me, from a political sense, this in-state tuition thing is gonna pose a greater problem for Perry than this vaccine business is.
RUSH: Speaking of Obamacare, ladies and gentlemen, another federal judge, this one in Pennsylvania, has just ruled that the mandate in Obamacare is unconstitutional. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: “The requirement in the national health-care overhaul law that individuals buy health insurance is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday in a question that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to settle. The suit decided by Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg is one of more than 30 lawsuits nationwide that have been filed over the 2010 law that is President Barack Obama’s signature initiative.” We cannot ever let go of the fact that this bill, this law, must be repealed. It is ball game. People were saying that before it was passed as a means of trying to alert people to the fundamental overhaul of society this piece of legislation is. It is ball game. It’s a brand-new entitlement.
Say what you want about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, once they’re there, they’re never gotten rid of, are they? There isn’t the luxury of time to get rid of this. This has to be a priority of whoever gets the Republican presidential nomination. It has to be a priority of these debates. More and more people are gonna be watching these debates because more and more people are gonna start realizing these are good. They are entertaining television. They are fast moving. It is, with some exceptions here and there, conservatism on parade, well done, by any number of people. And with the exception of the usual two that I keep mentioning, there’s not a one of them that would not be profoundly preferable, and I’ll throw in, you know, if Christie gets in the race or if Palin gets in the race, I’ll include them in that. And both of them still could. You don’t know. It’s not too late for those people to make up their minds what they want to do. If Palin does get in, you’re gonna see Michele Bachmann ratchet it up like you haven’t seen anything yet. She’ll have to. It is electric now, and it’s going to become even more so.
RUSH: I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but fewer people received insurance coverage through their employer in 2010 than 2009. One and a half million people lost health insurance through their employer and are signed up through a government agency somehow. It’s already started.