RUSH: Billings, Montana. Hi, Linda. You’re next to the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. First-time caller, long time listener. Just want to tell you how much I love you.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: Anyway, I wanted to ask you, is anybody suing President Obama for not following through on this legislation?
RUSH: You know, that is a fascinating question. Constitutionally, Obama can’t do this.
RUSH: The legislation is the legislation. He cannot write legislation.
RUSH: He cannot unilaterally change legislation. He is not a dictator. This is not an imperial presidency, although he’s acting like it.
RUSH: But if nobody is gonna hold him accountable for these kinds of things — he can’t do all of this. He can’t grant these waivers. He can’t do all these exemptions. He can’t just decide, “I’m going to delay that part of the bill that I signed into law.” He cannot write legislation, other than during the process, of course, he has a liaison with Congress and they might work, but after it’s signed into law, he can’t go in and change it. This is not how this happens. This is extraconstitutional, meaning outside the Constitution. It’s the law of the land now. He just can’t decide willy-nilly when it is and when it isn’t.
RUSH: So what we have here is another change in Obamacare, which we’re told is now the law, and therefore can’t be changed, we’re told we can’t repeal it. Obama himself said, “We can’t repeal it,” and the Republicans don’t want anybody to have health care and all those lies that he tells. We can’t repeal it ’cause it’s the law of the land. Well, he is. He is in effect repealing or delaying parts of it that are harmful to him politically. Can’t do this. Suing him? Somebody should. You let a Republican president try to do this, change legislation to benefit him at the next election. You wait and see how far he’d get.
RUSH: One other thing to this, folks. This move today of delaying this whole business on the caps, out-of-pocket caps, expenses and so forth, this is going to really increase the profitability of insurance companies, for just this next year. The insurance companies are gonna be paying out far less. Their profits are gonna skyrocket. Now, I expect it will not be long until a bunch of far left extremist kook networks and websites figure this out, and they are going to start screaming bloody murder, and Obama knows this.
The thing about this, when I first learned of this today, that was the main point that confused me, because what Obama is doing here, make no mistake, he is delaying this implementation of consumer cost protections. Stop and think of that for just a second, now. In relationship to the elections in 2014, the Democrats want to win the House, hold the Senate, of course, he is delaying consumer cost protections. He is increasing insurance company profits. Why? How in the world is that going to help the Democrats? That’s gonna anger a lot of people.
Well, there’s a bunch of things at play. I really don’t think there are too many consumers who know the nuts-and-bolts details of how it is they are going to save money. They just think they are. Start talking to them about caps on out-of-pocket expenses, I mean, they might actually understand that in more numbers than I think. But on one hand, insurance company profits skyrocket, consumer cost protections delayed to help Obama and the Democrats in 2014. How does that work? There must be something worse. What’s worse than this?
What’s the other side? The other side is if this is not delayed, everybody’s premiums are going to skyrocket. And it is clear to me that Obama has made his own cost benefit analysis, and the Democrats have decided that there is less damage to their electoral chances by delaying all this and making sure that insurance premiums don’t skyrocket than the other way. So insurance company profits are going to be much higher this year when the left wing, all the pajama clad bloggers and the anonymous lunatics that post comments to their websites and the dummkopfs at MSNBC, I mean, profit is like showing Dracula the cross. Insurance companies are among the most hated of all capitalistic entities on the left.
So you combine increased profit for the hated insurance companies, and you are gonna have a bunch of really ticked off leftists. Then you tell them that the insurance company profits are gonna skyrocket because consumer cost protections are being delayed, you’ve gotta recipe here for genuine anger and disgust on the left. But on the other side of it, skyrocketing premiums for everybody. And they’ve obviously made the judgment that not delaying this presents them less of an obstacle than delaying it.
Now, go back to our last caller. Legally this can’t be done. I’m alarmed at how many people simply sit here and accept it. “Oh, gonna delay that? Okay, fine.” The president cannot do this. Our Constitution does not permit the president of the United States to willy-nilly decide what parts of a law he’s gonna employ or implement and not. This is not legal, what Obama is doing and has done on three major previous occasions where this law is concerned. And while that’s happening, the Republicans, some of them, are making noise about repealing it by way of not funding it in the next continuing resolution fight at the end of September. And the Democrats say, “You can’t do that. It’s the law of land. You can’t tamper with it like that.” Obama’s even saying that, “You can’t cancel a law. It’s the law of the land. You can’t defund it.”
Why not? The president can decide the parts that hurt him politically are not gonna be implemented right now, can delay ’em. This is banana republic kind of stuff, folks, it really is. But if there is nobody in the opposition that’s gonna push back against it, then guess who it’s gonna be left up to again? You, the grassroots, or as Joycelyn Elders would say, “The grassruts.” It’s gonna be up to you to raise hell about this. But this is a dramatic violation of the Constitution.
Obama has already delayed more than one-third of the deadlines in Obamacare, and for a host of reasons. A, they can’t meet them. B, it would be too damaging politically. And the media runs around, “Well, Obama, he’s only doing it for the people. He’s only doing it for everybody’s benefit. There’s nothing really to see here.” You let any Republican president try this. You let a Republican president say, “I’m gonna delay that increase in food stamps. We can’t afford it right now. I’m just gonna delay that.” There would be smoke and fire and hell to pay, in the Democrat Party and in the media. And this is serious. This is a serious violation of law. This is a serious violation of the Constitution, to do this willy-nilly. And then you add to it Obama’s doing it for his party’s political benefit. That’s the only reason this is being done.
And then the final point to be made is, here’s this wonderful health care reform law that’s supposed to be just compassionate and finally makes sense and be beneficial for everybody and make it accessible and affordable, it’s so damn good, we can’t dare let it be implemented. Maybe it isn’t so damn good. Maybe it is an absolute disaster, and as long as there is an election out there in the future, we’re gonna delay the disaster until after the election so that you people voting do not have the full scope of information at your disposal to make the decision on how you’re gonna vote. This is what is going on. It is pure, raw partisanship and unconstitutionality. It really is.
Our last caller had a great question. “Is anybody suing Obama for this?” No. And that’s essentially what it would take, congressional action, a lawsuit, or something, but Congress is just idly standing by letting this happen. He doesn’t write the law, folks. No president does. Presidents do not write the law, no matter what our low-information population thinks. In fact, Obama’s even said so at some of his public appearances where low-information voters have been demanding immediate relief on something. (imitating Obama) “Well, you know, I don’t write the law. I can’t write the law. We have our laws, the Constitution, I can’t write it.” Doesn’t matter.
You let anybody on the Republican side start talking about defunding, “You can’t do that! It’s the law of land. You can’t take the money away from it.” Well, Obama can certainly take the money away from it. Obama can certainly deny implementation or delay it, or what have you, and nobody raises a peep. And again, a large reason why is the president’s race. It simply strikes fear in the hearts of the opposition.
RUSH: Michael in Raleigh, North Carolina, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I hope you, Kathryn, and your family of pets are well.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: My question is, why don’t the Republicans reverse course and instead of defunding Obamacare, fund it. Plus, add the CBO estimate and say we will fund everything, but you have to implement everything January 1st, 2014, and put it on his desk.
RUSH: I think that goes against the message that the Republicans want to send. Some Republicans. Some Republicans want to send the message, whether they succeed or not, that they still profoundly object to this whole thing.
CALLER: But, you know, sometimes you have to punt, and this time put it on his desk. We will fund it, but you can’t delay nothing.
RUSH: No, no. It already is funded. See, this is the point. It’s already funded, and it’s supposed to implement now. That is the law. He’s the one changing it. So you want them to write another law confirming the first law that he is violating in order to illustrate that he’s violating the law. His voters aren’t gonna care. I mean, that’s where we are. And he’ll just violate that one. He’ll just sign it and say, “Okay,” and then announce some more delays, until somebody opposes him on it.
RUSH: Ray in Livermore, California, hello, sir. Great to have you.
CALLER: Hey. Thank you, Rush. It’s great having you for 25 years. I look to 25 more years of this wonderful programming.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: You were talking earlier about Obamacare and the insurance companies making a lot of money off — this points right back to your Limbaugh Theorem again. When businesses are forced to lay off employees or cut their hours because of this Obamacare, and insurance companies make more money, as you pointed out, Obama’s gonna point right to that and say, “See, the evil capitalist system has done it again, it’s taking advantage of the small man.”
CALLER: So health care, what I wanted to shoot at, number one, is health care is not about health care. We have to know who Obama is, and he’s an ACORN lawyer. His whole teaching and philosophy is in social justice. He shoots every single one of his programs through the prism of social justice, how he can move wealth from one group of people to another group of people, and so whether it’s health care or anything else, these student loans or whatever his administration is doing.
RUSH: It’s a sophisticated form of redistribution — almost theft. You know, you’re right. Obama is about taking other people’s money, because they didn’t come by it in a fair and just way, because it’s capitalism, which is unjust and unfair. And anybody who got their money and their wealth capitalism had to cheat somebody. I guarantee you, folks, we spent the first hour on the delay of the exemption some of these consumer cost protections, insurance company profits, insurance company profits this year, because of the delay, are gonna skyrocket, and they’ll be reported. And Obama will point to them, and he’ll talk about how unfair capitalism is and move to get this system in place even faster.