Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) Busts the Regime on Vaccination Sequester Lie
Mar 13, 2013
RUSH: When I announced the Limbaugh Theorem, that was February 13th. Folks, I could make the case — and if there is anybody who would make the case, it would be me — I could make the case that my announcement of the Limbaugh Theorem, how it is that Obama is never governing, never seen as governing, constantly campaigning, always opposing everything that’s going wrong, always trying to fix it, when in fact he’s the architect, how people say they hate the direction the country’s going and they don’t like Obama’s agenda, but they approve of the job he’s doing. How could that happen?
It was I, El Rushbo, who finally had a light go off in my head and understood it. People don’t associate his agenda with what’s happening in the country, because he is not seen as anything but the Celebrity of the United States. Yeah, he’s the president, but he’s seen as fighting all these evil things that have happened before he got there, deeply embedded and he’s working really hard. He promised he wouldn’t raise the deficit, and he didn’t. It’s the Republicans that have been doing it. This is the way people have been looking at it. I can trace Obama’s approval numbers beginning to fall to February 13th with the announcement of the Limbaugh Theorem and then everybody in the media started picking up on the perpetual campaign. I mean, that’s the primary ingredient of the Limbaugh Theorem. The perpetual Obama campaign.
Now they’re asking about Organizing for Action, which is simply a rename of his campaign website, Organize for America. They’re still raising money for it. So I could make the case that it was the bold announcement of the Limbaugh Theorem, the constant campaign, everybody picked up, that began the slide in Obama’s approval numbers. However, as is always the case, it wasn’t just one person, it wasn’t just me. There were many others that got in gear.
Back on March the 5th, eight days ago, House Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing, Centers for Disease Control director Thomas Frieden testified about the impact sequester cuts will have on health care. Now, this is fascinating. The Republican questioning him is Andy Harris, who is a Republican from Baltimore. Andy Harris, a doctor, a Republican, questioning the guy heading up the CDC. The White House put out a completely fraudulent number about vaccinations and diseases and kids that wouldn’t be treated if the sequester happened. And this Republican called him on it. Here’s how it went.
HARRIS: IÂ’m going to read their quote about vaccines for children. It says, in Maryland, about 2,050 fewer children will receive vaccines due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $140,000. Did the CDC assist the White House in preparing that estimate?
FRIEDEN: I would have to get back to you on that.
HARRIS: You as the director donÂ’t know if you assisted the White House in preparing an estimate that was distributed to every member of Congress?
RUSH: (imitating Frieden) “I don’t know, I have to get back to you. I don’t know, the White House, I don’t know, I don’t know.” But the White House said that 2,050 fewer children would receive vaccines due to reduced funding in the sequester. So then Andy Harris said, “LetÂ’s forget the number. LetÂ’s forget the idea of how vaccines for children are going to be affected by the sequester. Is this the vaccine for children program? Which program is it? Is it 317? What did the presidentÂ’s budget do to 317, the presidentÂ’s prospective budget for 2013?”
FRIEDEN: The precise numbers I would have to get back to you.
HARRIS: Does $58 million cut sound familiar?
HARRIS: And what was the sequester cut?
FRIEDEN: Again, the precise numbers…
HARRIS: Does $30 million sound familiar?
FRIEDEN: I would…
HARRIS: You think thatÂ’s around ballpark, isnÂ’t it? So actually, the president cut the program twice as much in his budget. Can I assume that the presidentÂ’s proposed cut would have reduced funding to 4,100 children in Maryland?
RUSH: What is happening here is that the regime put out this number that with the sequester, 2,000 kids would no longer get vaccines. The sequester cuts were $30 million. Obama had a budget presented where he cut $58 million, almost twice as much in his budget from this program, the vaccination program, and Obama assured everybody that there wouldn’t be one kid short-changed on vaccination, that there was plenty of room. We could cut $60 million, $58 million from the vaccine program, and no kid would be affected. After saying that in his budget, they went out and said the $30 million that the sequester’s cutting is gonna eliminate vaccines for 2,000. And this congressman, Andy Harris, caught him on it. So this is the next aspect of the conversation.
FRIEDEN: As per the justification that was published with that, we’ve looked at ways that we can run the program more efficiently by helping state and local health departments recoup dollars, for example, for insured patients.
HARRIS: And you can’t do that under a sequester but you can do that under the president’s budget? Is that my understanding of your testimony today?
RUSH: And Mr. Frieden, Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC, Centers for Disease Control said, “I’ll have to get back to you on that.” So here’s the bottom line. The president put out a budget this year, his 2013 budget, that contained a cut of $58 million in the child vaccination program of the CDC. And he assured everybody that there would be no reductions in children’s vaccines. Sequester comes along. Sequester features a $30 million cut, not $58 million, $30 million cut in the child vaccination program. The regime says about 2,100 kids are gonna not get vaccinated. And Andy Harris, M.D., caught this, and he asked the CDC, “Wait a minute, now, the president can cut $58 million and nothing happens to vaccines. Sequester cuts $30 million and 2,000 kids don’t get vaccinated. How does that work?”
“I have to get back to you on that.”
What it illustrates is that this whole sequester, fearmongering, crisismongering is nothing but a pack of falsehoods and that everybody in the regime is coordinating on this. Fifty-eight million in cuts to CDC would have no impact on child vaccinations if Obama did it. A $30 million cut due to the sequester and 2,100 kids don’t get vaccinated. They just made it up. They just lied about it, folks. And that is happening throughout the sequester argument.