RUSH: Look at this. This is a story from the Associated Press. Just the headline: “House Passes Bill Requiring Health Care Numbers.” What in the name of Sam Hill? So we’ve got Obamacare, and now we need a piece of legislation requiring the government to provide numbers? “The House on Thursday backed a bill that would require the Obama administration to report weekly on how many Americans have signed up for health care coverage as Republicans maintain an election-year spotlight on the troubled law.”
So, see, Republicans’ intentions, no, they’re just suspicious. The Republicans, they’re just a bunch of meanies that want to tear things down. They just want to criticize people and they’re never happy. See how this works? So you’ve got this monstrosity of a disaster. We don’t know how many people are signing up. We don’t know how many people actually have insurance. We don’t know how many people have paid and we don’t know what they’ve paid. A number of people who think they’ve signed up can’t prove it. The insurance companies don’t have any evidence they’ve signed up.
The only thing we know is that four out of five enrollees are getting subsidies. We’ve got a 2,200-page piece of legislation that we need an addendum requiring the Regime to provide numbers? (laughing) And then the AP looks at that and thinks it’s the Republicans just electioneering in an election year? And how are they doing that? By keeping a spotlight on the Regime’s health care law. See, the Republicans aren’t supposed to do that.
We got health care, Obamacare, law of the land, and the Republicans are supposed to go away, slink away and cower in the corners. And when they don’t, the Republicans are mean and they’re being partisan. They’re just playing politics, and all they’re doing is just trying to keep the spotlight on health care. It may not be the best, but at least Obama’s trying, at least he’s trying. He’s trying to get everybody health care. He’s trying to insure the uninsured. He’s really trying and he’s really worried. And these Republicans, why, look, they just want to point out the failures. That’s how it is portrayed for low-information voters. Honestly, folks, that’s how low-information voters pick this stuff up. That’s how the Republican brand ends up being distorted.
Now, the vote in the House on this bill that we require the Regime to provide numbers, it passed, 259-154. Thirty-three Democrats voted with the Republicans in supporting the legislation, so it makes it bipartisan. So the Democrats, 33 of them, joined Republicans in wanting to see the numbers. The AP doesn’t even mention that. Nope, this is just the Republicans maintaining an election-year spotlight, trying to gain advantage, take advantage of people’s pain and suffering, take advantage of the Democrats and Obama trying to help people.
Don’t doubt me. I’m telling you this is how it gets portrayed, written about, talked about in news outlets that the low-information crowd watches, and it’s stuff like this that then becomes, “Man, those Republicans mean. Man, all they do is argue. They never agree on anything. They never work with the Democrats.” This is exactly how that happens.