RUSH: Do you know, folks, that you can keep your doctor after all if you’re willing to pay more? That’s from Zeke Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, who’s one of the architects of Obamacare. And you can. If you’re willing to pay more, you can keep your doctor, and nobody ever said anything else. “Obama didn’t lie to you,” he said. “It’s just a matter of choice.” No, no, it’s not. We’re losing choice. I was thinking about something.
Those of you that were not alive in the 1950s hear a lot about it and how the old fuddy-duddies want to go back to it because things were simpler and more moral and all that. But let me tell you something else about the 1950s. There wasn’t choice in anything. You didn’t have but three television choices. We didn’t have the technology and invention and so forth, so there wasn’t hardly any choice compared to today.
Obama is actually taking us back to the fifties in regards to his health care, because he’s limiting choice, by design. Did you hear Juan Williams on Fox? (summarized) “Well, you know, the rich are different.” He said, “Those of us on this panel, we’re not gonna be affected by anything in health care. It’s not any big deal.” Now, you let anybody other than a minority Democrat or liberal say something as callous and insensitive as, “Hey, you know, we’re rich here! This isn’t gonna affect us.”
That person is in deep doo-doo, and in big trouble.
RUSH: I’m just looking at my Health Care Stack. You know, folks, I have enough here, I have enough in this Health Care Stack to do the whole show on it. From doctors pulling out, to Zeke Emanuel saying, “What are you talking about, can’t keep your doctor? Of course you can, if you’re willing to pay more.” The New York Times, which is as responsible as anybody else for helping this thing become law by passing along the fraudulent aspects of it. The New York Times, as responsible as anybody for helping perpetuate a fraud here on everybody, guess what they’ve discovered? That the deductibles for most people are going to triple. They just discovered it.
Now, we’ve been talking about that for months, premiums doubling, deductibles tripling, out of pocket all over the place. Let’s listen to Zeke. Zeke Emanuel is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, also the brother of Ari Emanuel. Ari is probably a top five Hollywood agent in terms of power and influence, and he may be the number one guy. It used to be guy named Michael Ovitz, but now it’s Ari Emanuel. I met Ari Emanuel once. It was at the AT&T celebrity Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. The late Teddy Forstmann is always a player, and the late Teddy Forstmann, always on Tuesday night of that week, maybe Wednesday, I forget which one of the two nights, had a private dinner in one of the rooms at the lodge.
As a powerful and influential member of the media, I was routinely invited, and I actually went two or three times. It was fun. And one year, it was kind of like what 60 Minutes did when they seated me next to Camille Paglia at the 25th or 50th or hundredth anniversary of 60 Minutes. Steve Kroft, who did the profile on me, arranged for me to sit at the table with Camille Paglia, a noted lesbian critic, and they thought that fireworks would erupt. And I wondered during the night why Kroft and Ed Bradley and these guys kept walking by our table with bemused glances. I didn’t figure it out right away.
Anyway, Camille Paglia and I did not erupt. We hit it off, actually, had a great time together, which disappointed them. Well, Teddy, in the same vein, sat me next to Ari Emanuel at one of these dinners. And Ari is a classic. Never, never is quiet, is constantly talking, is telling everybody, “Hey, you’re the best, hey.” He invited me to his house to watch the Oscars, which would take place in three weeks or four weeks from whenever this dinner was. And he was serious. There was nothing political about him. I know he is, but, again, everybody was expecting fireworks and probably fisticuffs to break out. And of course that never happens.
Anyway, the Emanuel brothers, they are top dog powerful in any number of ways. Rahm, of course, chief of staff to Clinton, chief of staff to Obama, now governor of Illinois. Mayor. Well, you know, I misspoke. Mayor of Chicago, but for all intents and purposes that is governor of Illinois as well. That’s why I misspoke. It’s a faux pas. It’s the same thing, practically. And then Zeke is one of the architects of Obamacare, and there’s Ari out there running Hollywood. And they are all top-ranked leftists. And Zeke Emanuel was on Fox News Sunday yesterday.
And Chris Wallace said, “President Obama famously promised, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’ Doesn’t that turn out to be just as false, just as misleading as his promise about, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan’? Isn’t it a fact, sir, that a number — most, in fact, of the Obamacare health plans that are being offered in the exchanges exclude a number of doctors and hospitals to lower costs?”
EMANUEL: The president never said you were gonna have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go.
WALLACE: Let me just finish —
WALLACE: No. He asked a question. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Did he not say that, sir?
EMANUEL: He didn’t say you can have unlimited choice.
WALLACE: It’s a simple yes-or-no question. Did he say, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”?
EMANUEL: Yes. But look. If you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice.
RUSH: It’s interesting to note that if that had been what Obama said instead of that blanket promise for three straight years, “Oh, if you like your doctor, sure, if you’re willing to pay more for it.” “Oh, if you like your plan, sure, you can keep it if you’re willing to pay more for it.” But that’s not what Obama said. Obama lied. He told everybody if they like their doctor and their plan they can keep it, period. There wouldn’t be any change. And he went out and apologized, but he did not apologize for lying. He apologized that you might not have understood him. He apologized for how you felt.
By the way, Saturday was Pearl Harbor Day, and Obama posted a picture of him standing outside, I think the Arizona memorial. Another selfie, picture of Obama in Nelson Mandela’s jail cell, picture of Obama on the Rosa Parks bus in the very seat that she refused to move from. So imagine, folks, how many points would Romney have won by if Obama had said, “Wait a minute, if you like your doctor, you want to pay more, you can keep your doctor. If you like your insurance plan, it covers your doctor, and, if you want to pay more, you can do it. It’s a matter of choice.”
That’s not what Obama said, and it’s not even close. And this is again, folks, this is just who they are. I mean, I can sit here and express mock outrage over the continued lying and the fraud and the deceit, but the most important thing is for people to learn this is who these people are. Everybody knew that Obama was lying and they didn’t care. In fact, in the Health Care Stack, which, again, is large enough to fill this entire show, is two or three stories about how they just need to change the messaging. You know, if we could just come up with a new PR campaign, we could fix it. It’s just a problem of messaging. That’s all it is. It’s not really a problem with Obamacare. People really like that. We just didn’t get the right message for it yet.
There is another story quoting representatives of crisis management PR firms on how the Regime can fix this. And in all of this, in Zeke Emanuel’s comments and these stories about crisis management PR, even in all the stories about the unemployment news, there’s something that really is major that’s missing. And that is real people are really harmed by what has been done. It’s not a flawed PR message. It is a disastrous policy. It is a really harmful policy. It is really destructive and damaging to real people, people who are basically powerless.
These are the people that I routinely, and with great respect, refer to as the people who make the country work. They don’t know anybody in Washington to lobby to get things done in their favor. They have faith that the system in which they’re participating is valid and honest, for the most part, and bereft of fraud and corruption and all that, and they’re learning that it isn’t, and they’re powerless to do anything about it. And in the midst of real pain that has been caused by a series of lies, to hear one of the primary architects, “Oh, we never did misrepresent anything. We always said, ‘if you’re willing to pay for it.'” And they never did say that.
Obama lied over and over and told everybody for years that they could keep their doctor and keep their plan and that their premiums were going to come down by an average of $2,500. It was an all-encompassing lie. The thing that’s missed by the people in Washington as they talk about this is that this is not some abstract theory that’s part of a Harvard Kennedy School of Government course that you sit around and talk about and theorize and work up term papers and doctoral theses on.
This is real life, and real people are being dramatically harmed by this. And the Regime has decided that the best way to approach this now is to tell everybody, “Look, the economy’s fixed; it’s roaring back. If you’re not participating it’s your problem, ’cause it’s back.” And the way they’re dealing with health care, “Well, if you wanted to keep your plan, you could. You just had to pay a little bit more for it. Everything’s fine, we’re rolling right along.” They’re just declaring everything’s fixed, the website’s fixed, everything’s working. If it’s not going right for you, it’s your problem or the Republicans. And that’s how they’re dealing with it.