RUSH: Pretty much every insurance company is gonna have to cancel their current plans, folks, because none of the current plans out there will be able to provide coverage at the same price that they’re offering today when all of the new Obamacare mandates kick in. And that begins in January. So it’s happening, the insurance companies are simply getting a head start. I mean, they’re revving up. They know what’s coming in January and they’re not gonna be able to provide. That’s why you’re getting either cancellation notices and new price quotes.
Your premium is more than likely doubling and your deductible is tripling. And that’s the best they’re going to be able to do. That means that you head to HealthCare.gov or some other exchange and try to qualify for a subsidy, which is your neighbors paying part of your costs. This week, what is it, 76,000 people in the Virginia-Maryland-DC area are having their Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans canceled because of Obamacare, and it’s beginning to happen in Florida. I’m sure most of you know that it happened to Kirsten Powers of Fox News. She was on Megyn Kelly last night. I don’t have the audio of that, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t need it. I can tell you what happened.
She got on to HealthCare.gov. She’d been an early and long advocate of Obamacare. And we like Kirsten here, by the way. I need to stress that in matters where I have been involved she has been over-the-top fair, which is unusual and unique. She’s been a longtime advocate of Obamacare, nevertheless, and she admitted last night to Megyn Kelly that her policy doesn’t survive, that her premium is gonna go way up and that her deductible is gonna go way up and that she was surprised. She said that she wouldn’t mind paying a little more if it would help others, but that ought to be her decision in a private charitable matter, not something forced on her or everybody else by the government. But the impetus of the story is that she was a true believer, and even she was surprised.
I think there’s all kinds of shock waiting to hit people. There are still true believers that believe this is gonna be the greatest. People believe Obama. They believe him when he said that it’s gonna cost $2,500 a year less. They believe him when he told ’em they could keep their doctor and keep their plan if they like it. Nobody’s gonna be able to do that unless they’re willing to pay almost double for it, which is not really keeping your plan, is it? So as this continues to roll out and all kinds of people, low-information voters, others that are highly attuned, liberal Democrat partisans, the whole mix are gonna find what’s happening here, and it’s gonna be interesting to gauge the reaction.
CBS, Norah O’Donnell reported that this Obamacare rollout is not happening the way Obama explained it. Insurers are canceling coverage for hundreds of thousands of Americans because of Obamacare, forcing them to buy new policies despite Obama’s promises to the contrary. This was a report this morning on CBS. Let’s go to audio sound bite number four. Jan Crawford did the report.
CRAWFORD: A CBS analysis shows that in many of those 15 states that have their own health insurance exchanges more people are enrolling in Medicaid than are actually buying private health insurance. And there is concern that, if that trend continues, there won’t be enough healthy people buying insurance for the system to work. Medicaid experts say they’re not sure why they’re seeing those lopsided enrollment numbers. Industry sources say that if we don’t see some real turnaround soon there could be big problems for the entire system.
RUSH: They don’t know why people are going to Medicaid? Do they really not know why people are going to Medicaid? Do they really not know that? “There’s the concern that if this trend continues, there won’t be enough healthy people buy insurance for the system to work.” We’re not even close. The number, seven million, minimum, healthy people buying insurance and not needing it. Minimum seven million is what it is said to require for this the work. I don’t even know how that’s possible. The objective of this thing is to get everybody to sign up. Seven million?
Anyway, even if that’s the bottom line number, they’re nowhere near it. Many states have zero enrollees, absolutely zero. Now, the thing that amuses me — and it really does. I was talking about this to Mr. Snerdley before the program began. One of the things — and you’ve noticed it, I’m sure, too — is slowly but surely journalists are figuring this out. There’s Jan Crawford at CBS. Her chops are Supreme Court reporting. She is a Supreme Court expert. You cannot be dumb and do that. Norah O’Donnell. She said, in a revelatory report, it’s not happening the way Obama explained it.
“One California citizen, Natalie Willes, said her insurance had gotten worse and more expensive. ‘Before, I had a plan where I had a $1,500 deductible,’ she said. ‘I paid $199 a month. The most similar plan that I would have available to me would be $278 per month, my deductible would be $6,500 and all of my care after that point would only be covered 70 percent.'”
Now, the thing that amazes me is that it is journalists who are the last to figure all of this out. It is journalists who should have been the first to warn everybody that this day was coming, because we knew that it was. It’s been on track, this is exactly what Obamacare is. All anyone had to do was read just some of what the law changed. All anyone had to do was then add whatever real-life experience you have to the government coming in and running something. What happens? Wild spending with no accountability takes place, drastic deficits occur, and great inefficiency. There’s nothing new about that. That is the standard, day-to-day operation of a government-run entity, or any bureaucratic entity.
These journalists should have been the first to tell people what Obamacare would mean to them. They are now the last to figure all of this out. Why don’t they ask why so many young and healthy people are going to Medicaid? Which is for the poor. Why are people doing that? They just sit here and they wring their hands over it. “Oh, no. So many people are going to Medicaid.” They can’t figure out, they do not understand the dynamics of life, apparently. You put a brick wall in front of somebody in an effort to stop their forward progress, and the left thinks that most people will just stop, whereas most people will find a way to climb the wall or get around it. And when that happens, they act surprised.
Well, there’s a reason people are not going to Obamacare. They find out what it’s gonna cost ’em and they go somewhere else. And in the process, they’re undermining the very foundation of Obamacare, all of which was predictable. But our journalist community appears to be the last to be learning this.
One little side note about this story from CBS, Jan Crawford, they’re just shocked that young and healthy people are going to Medicaid rather than Obamacare. They’re shocked. Here’s the interesting little side note about this. The regime and the states are adding these Medicaid enrollees to the numbers of people signing up for the Obamacare exchanges, and they’re two different things. They’re adding those numbers together to make the overall enrollment in Obamacare look better than it is. So when you hear an enrollment number that the regime offers about Obamacare, it isn’t that high, because a lot of those enrollees, they’re including people signing up for Medicaid.
The actual enrollee number for Obamacare, if you can get it from anybody, it’s so bad, it is so bad, they’re not even releasing it, and Obama’s told Blue Cross and Blue Shield not to divulge the information. If you do a refigure that is from the regime, understand that it is not that high. I mean, another way of looking at this is the abysmal low numbers of Obamacare sign-ups is even lower than you think because the federal government and the states are adding these new Medicaid signups to their Obamacare numbers. So if you take the Medicaid numbers out, the Obamacare numbers would be even worse.
Now, just to illustrate what I’m talking about, rather than just throw it out there and leave it somewhat questionable to some of you, I have here from a source called EnrollMaven.com, they’re being quoted in a number of places as experts in tallying the enrollment for Obamacare. They have issued a report that show nine states with shockingly low Obamacare enrollment numbers so far. Alaska: Zero. Delaware: one. Florida: one. One person in Florida has enrolled in Obamacare. Hawaii: zero. Iowa: 16. Michigan: zero. North Dakota: 16. Oregon: zero. South Dakota: 23.
It’s abysmal. There is no mad dash to sign up. There is no rush. There is no hurry. There is no excitement. There is none of what the regime and the media attempted to prepare everybody for. They wanted everybody to think that people were clamoring at the gates, could not wait, wanted October 1st to get here, and then October 15th to get here and then November 1st, ’cause people can’t wait to sign up, can’t wait, Obamacare, yes. Not happening.
RUSH: Aaron in Chico, California. Hi. I’m glad you called. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Mega dittos. I’m calling actually in response to, I think it was last week, you were lamenting and I think you were commenting on a journalist saying how America has felt like it’s been under a soft coup or been taken over essentially by the communists. I kind of want to semi-confirm that because I like to read history and whatnot and past economies and past, you know, collapses and so forth. John F. Kennedy gave a speech called The President and The Press and he kind of gave a warning to the press about their role, but he eventually went on to basically tell the danger that is upon this country and basically what he referred to as a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covet means and subversion through our elections and infiltration in ways that we’re not accustomed to.
He spelled out a few ways that this entity referred to, didn’t call it out specifically by name, but he said it has a vast capability of political, economic, military, scientific aspects worldwide that work in ways to subvert our society in ways that we don’t really see it, and he was really basically giving a heads up to the press, who I think is the biggest problem in this country, because they aren’t telling people really what’s going on. Because if they did, you’d have a much better reaction of people really seeing what’s going on rather than just kind of still protecting a certain political group of people, specifically Democrats. But overall they’re the ones that are supposed to help inform us and Kennedy warned about that, that if we had all the information given to us as a people, that he trusted us to make the right judgment and the right choices based on the fullest information rather than what the press and the media —
RUSH: There’s no question about that. Here’s the thing. We know who Obama is, and we know what he’s gonna do every day. We know who Harry Reid is and what he’s gonna do, and ditto Pelosi. We know all that. There’s no surprise there. In a sense, they aren’t the problem. The media is. The media has a constitutional role. That’s what you’re just alluding to, and they’ve abrogated it. They have now chosen sides. The media is the Democrat Party. They’re just another wing of it or another arm of the Democrat Party.
They remain the number one obstacle to a fully, honestly, informed public. A country like ours depends on an informed public participating in civic citizen operations like elections and the PTA and town councils and this kind of stuff. It depends on that. It depends on an informed, participating population and electorate. And the media is doing everything it can to prevent full information taking place.
We know who Obama is. It’s just that people who don’t are not being told. I imagine you could look at it the other day around as well. Now, what I had said — and I think Kennedy was talking about the communist manifesto there, either that or the Socialists International. All I said was last week, and it was in relationship to Obamacare, that when I was a kid — people that are not my age will not at all be able to relate to this — I never feared nuclear holocaust. I never thought that would happen. Even though we had bomb shelters, I never feared that. But I had nightmares about communists taking over the country. I had nightmares about being chased by ’em down the streets in my little hometown. I really did. Not often and not constant, but losing the country to the communists, I mean, they were making no bones what their intentions were.
It was not something anybody had to make up. And you’re citing Kennedy talking about it. I mentioned in sort of a passing way last week that I almost felt with this Obamacare stuff being implemented and everything associated with it, almost felt-like I thought I would feel if we had lost a war to the commies, to the communists. It was eerie in a sense and that was the point that I was making. I was not suggesting that it had happened and that this takeover had happened by any stretch, although some people think it has. I was just using that as a point of illustration, try to share with people how I felt about it that day, just in a new way of expressing the idea. Anyway, Aaron, I appreciate the call.