RUSH: Dawn, Chattanooga, Tennessee, hi. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. This is actually Dawn’s husband. She had to take another call.
CALLER: I’m going in for her.
RUSH: That’s what happens when you are on hold on this show for quite a while. Do you know what she was gonna say or are you just gonna take over?
CALLER: I do know what she was gonna say.
RUSH: Okay, have at it.
CALLER: She wanted to talk about how we’ve made a decision to move our daughter’s surgery that my daughter’s having. She was born with a lot of internal birth defects and at six-year-olds, she’s already had seven surgeries.
RUSH: Oh, jeez.
CALLER: And the surgery that she has coming up is one that ideally we would like to postpone because there’s still other issues that they’re trying to sort out and determine if she needs to have other surgical interventions. If we were able to postpone it, then they would be able to combine the surgeries. But because of all the changes that Obama’s made to the way health care works, we’re having to jump the gun and get that done now because there’s a possibility that we might lose insurance at the end of the year through her company —
CALLER: — and be forced into the exchanges.
RUSH: You might be canceled, that’s right, or your daughter might not end up being covered. You know, once the Health and Human Services secretary looks at the case and looks at the how much money might be required versus the success possibility, that’s what they can do once they get total control of this.
CALLER: That’s exactly right. And, you know, the whole thing about, “Well, is this medically necessary?” right now we’re traveling out of state so she can get better coverage and available to us locally, and we wouldn’t be able to do that.
RUSH: Yeah, but it sounds like what you’re doing is you’re actually taking action now just to make sure you can take action.
CALLER: That’s exactly right.
RUSH: You sound to me like you’re worried that you might not be able to actually do the surgery if you wait too much longer.
CALLER: That’s right.
RUSH: Or afford it, one of the two.
CALLER: Yeah. That’s exactly right.
RUSH: Okay. Now, Dawn’s husband, thanks for the call. I appreciate it. Now, folks, stop at what we just heard. Stop and think what we just heard. Dawn and her husband might be totally wrong. We don’t know. Their fears might be ungrounded, but their reality is that they’re scared to death. The reality that they are being forced to live with because of this mess is that the surgery for their daughter would ideally come months from now, but they are afraid to wait because they think it might not be allowed or they might not have the insurance for it or they might not be able to afford it.
Now, you can sit there and say, “Well, they’re just being paranoid, Mr. Limbaugh.” The reality is, this is what this is doing to people. Dawn and her husband are real people, and their daughter is a real six-year-old who has real problems. And the parents are like any other parents. They want the best for their daughter. And they’re scared because they don’t know enough about what the future holds. They don’t know if they’re going to be allowed, permitted, what have you.
Now, you can say, “Come on, Rush, there isn’t any way they’re gonna be denied.” That’s not the point. They could be dead wrong about this. Their fears could be unfounded, but the fears they’re having are real, and they wouldn’t be happening, this would not even be a concern had Obama not attempted and the Democrats to take over the health care system. This wouldn’t even be a concern. It would be a problem they would have with their insurance company and doctors that they would iron out, as it always used to be. But now, the doctor, the insurance company, and the hospital all have to comply with the leviathan known as the federal government.
So there’s a new player in this equation, and it is the leviathan, and it’s the one thing nobody can control, and the one thing nobody can predict, and the one thing they know that really doesn’t care about their daughter. Whoever’s running Health and Human Services, whoever’s running Obamacare, doesn’t care about their daughter, not like they do. They care about other things. Money, politics, you name it. This is exactly the kind of thing that’s happening all over this country. Dawn and her husband, who you just heard, are human beings, they are Americans, they live in this country, they’ve got a daughter that needs surgery at a certain point in time. They’re having to take action they wish they didn’t have to take it this time because they’re afraid they might not be able to get treatment as she needs it later. And that’s only one reason.
There’s this new player in town, the federal government and Obamacare, and the massive regulations and laws and allowances from the White House. This is what’s wrong with this. It used to be that Dawn and her husband could deal with their insurance company, the doctor, and their daughter would get treated by hook or by crook, it would happen somehow. But the decision’s been taken out of Dawn and her husband’s hands. The decision may have been taken out of the hands of the insurance company. It may have been taken out of the hands of the doctor because there’s this thing called Obamacare everybody has to be in compliance with. That’s what’s wrong with this.
And again, it doesn’t matter if they’re right or wrong about it. ‘Cause that’ll eventually be deduced. It’s what this is causing them to go through and how it’s causing them to reorient their lives and who knows what else they’re having to try to do in order to get the best for their daughter, ’cause it’s it is not up to them anymore.
RUSH: This is Joe in Las Vegas. Joe, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. “Las Vegas I strive to be the best I can be because you inspire me” dittos, Mr. Limbaugh.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: Rush, four weeks ago during the shutdown, I’m pretty soon I heard Harry Reid say in answering a question, “Why would we want to help them?” I mean, the Republicans were putting together bills to fund the necessary parts of the government, and Harry Reid stood there on the podium in front of everyone, said, “Why would we want to do that?”
RUSH: Wait a minute. Joe, it’s exactly right. This was cancer-stricken children at a particular hospital that treats them, and Harry Reid said, “Why would I care about that?” In a moment of pure honesty, when he totally dropped his guard, and he had to go out and try to explain that and cover his tracks on it. (paraphrasing) “Why would I care about that? I got constituents in Nevada that I have to worry about. Why would I care about that?” It’s interesting that I take your call right after Dawn’s husband, because he also pointed out something about their employer. That’s where he gets his insurance right now, and he’s not sure that his coverage is gonna be provided by his employer next year, another reason why to move up the surgery, and that points out what employers are doing and what they have to do to stay in compliance here. They have to —
RUSH: — also plan ahead to stay in business and deal with this. But you are exactly right. So you think we should be doing the same thing, that —
CALLER: If I was the Republicans, because it would look crass, but I would say, “Look, we need to either repeal it and then we will put our plans in together of how we feel we should do with the cross the state lines and all the things that the Republicans are offering, but this piecemeal action of every six months or every two weeks the president (unintelligible) has to go. That’s the end of that.
RUSH: I agree. Be it the budget, be it health care, be it whatever, everything is piecemeal. That’s how the Democrats keep this crisis attitude alive in everybody’s minds.
CALLER: I wish the media would just pick up on that. The president needs to put on his big boy pants and do what’s right for the country, ’cause I really do feel, and I talk to a lot of customers and people out in the country, we are a laughingstock. I mean, it’s getting to the point where it’s almost ridiculous.
RUSH: Well, yeah, I know. As far as the media is concerned, I see all this talk about the media leaving Obama or giving Obama a hard tame. Don’t be fooled here, folks. When the rubber meets the road, when the pedal hits the metal, vice-versa, the media is gonna be in there covering for the guy, defending the guy. They’re not gonna abandon Obama, even if they would somehow be going down in the ship with him, ’cause they are. I don’t see the media being — oops, I gotta take a break.
RUSH: Tom in Brooksville, Florida. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, great to talk to you. Two things. It’s great to hear all this talk against Obamacare, but nobody ever talks about the cause of the problem, which is the high cost of medicine. We ought to have tort reform, which of course will never pass because half the people in Congress are lawyers. They aren’t gonna cut their own throats. Insurance companies, they always pay off more than they should. I remember 35 years ago, one of my kids was in the hospital and we got the bill for it, I asked for the bill. He was in there for three weeks and they charged for two days he wasn’t even there. This kind of stuff goes on all the time.
RUSH: I know. I know. And it happens because a third party is paying the bill, paying the bill ups costs. Look, I know what you mean. In the context of Obamacare, nobody does talk about the high cost other than under the false impression that Obamacare is gonna reduce costs. But in terms of the root cause, the real problem with this, we’ve tried to talk about that at great length on this program, and that is if you simply get health care back priced in such a way that customers can afford it, you’d solve the problem, and there are ways to do it. We do talk about that here, but that’s down the road.