RUSH: Ron in Penn Valley, California. You’re next. It’s great to have you on the program, sir. Really glad you waited, too. I appreciate your patience. Hello.
CALLER: Well, thank you, Rush. Glad to talk to you today.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: Hey, I just got a cancellation notice from my health insurance. I’ve been with them for over 25 years, haven’t had any claims hardly at all, never been in the hospital, and all of a sudden they’re gonna quit California completely. The second part of the message was, “You have to get new insurance by March of next year, and under your current insurance we’re gonna raise the rate also.” So I got a rate increase and they’re gonna drop me by next March.
RUSH: Why did they bother raising your rate? Oh, to cover you until next March.
CALLER: That’s right. Cover me ’til next March. I got a rate increase also. So I decided to… I was very displeased with that, and I know why because of what I believe it is. But I called both senators, both Feinstein and Boxer, and I got absolutely no help there except I got a phone number that if you dialed it and hit 1 and then 4, you could wait 45 minutes due to “unusually high volume.”
RUSH: What did you expect? Don’t misread a tone in my voice here that’s not there. Seriously, what did you expect Boxer or Feinstein to do?
CALLER: Nothing, because even on their websites, they don’t even have anything about health care. It’s all about saving Lake Tahoe and helping some chickens out somewhere in California. I don’t know what they have on there, but I wanted to voice my opinion. You’re telling people, you don’t speak up enough, you all rely on the experts. Well, I’ve called my district supervisor here. I called them and I write them, but I expect that by the outcry that everybody else is gonna have because their rates are gonna be up, they’re gonna have —
RUSH: This is just starting. You’re the second call. We’ve had two days on this. These cancellations are just starting. And the employer mandate kicks in in a very short period of time. That’s something else unexpected that people have no idea is coming their way.
CALLER: But, Rush, that’s not the real point. The real point is they’ve ruined my health care. My doctors don’t want to accept that rate here. My hospital doesn’t want to accept this. I’m gonna have to travel to go to get my health care somewhere else, doctors that I do not want, and they’re gonna pay a substandard rate to these doctors. I don’t want that type of doctor. I want what I had that I got to choose, and I don’t want to have to go to health care government California and wait 45 minutes for somebody to tell me something.
RUSH: I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but you have lost those freedoms in Obamacare. You’ve lost the freedom to choose your doctor and your insurance company, and it’s exactly on plan. This chaos that you are now experiencing is gonna multiply, and it’s gonna end up being geometric, and the plan down the road is for people like you to be so scared because you can’t get insurance, for whatever reason, you can’t afford it, it isn’t offered, and here comes the IRS wanting a penalty payment from you that you’re gonna have one place to go when this is all said and done, and that’s going to be the federal exchange. And that is how they plan to get this greatest health care system in the world transformed into single payer. I don’t even like that term. Some people like that. That’s how they’re gonna get this transformed to national socialized medicine.
CALLER: I’m dealing with a bureaucracy now and I’m getting nowhere. When they make the bureaucracy bigger I’m gonna get more?
RUSH: The bureaucracy exists to get bigger. The bureaucracy exists to support itself. The bureaucracy is not there to help you. By definition, bureaucracies exist to exist, and they will do whatever they have to to exist. Bureaucracies never get smaller, they never get more efficient. By definition they can’t, because they grow, which is the objective. Bureaucracies are like base life forms. A nuclear bomb might wipe out everything but the cockroaches, but there would be life left. Ditto, bureaucracies. Whatever happens, there’s always gonna be one somewhere, and it’ll be spawning.
RUSH: Here’s the Walmart story, by the way. It’s an AP story: “Walmart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time US employees in a move aimed at –” wait for it “– controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer. Walmart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees … follows similar decisions by Target, Home Depot and others to completely eliminate health insurance benefits for part-time employees. ‘We had to make some tough decisions,’ Sally Welborn, Walmart’s senior vice president of benefits, told The Associated Press.
She says the company “will use a third-party organization to help part-time workers find insurance alternatives: ‘We are trying to balance the needs of (workers) as well as the costs of (workers) as well as the cost to Walmart.'”
Now, this is nothing new. I mean, everybody knew that because of Obamacare, if you have part time workers, you don’t have to insure ’em, part-time defined as anything under 30 hours a week. In other words, Walmart can do this because of Obamacare, and that’s one of the reasons why they supported it, which a lot of people at the time said, “Wait a minute,” scratched their heads, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, Walmart, Big Business, getting in bed with this administration? How does that work?”
Normally everybody thinks American corporations want as much distance between themselves and the government as they can get. We’re free enterprise. Stay away from us. In this case we saw a number of major American corporations sidling up to the Regime, a whole host of reasons. Obamacare, corporate cronyism, any number of reasons why. It’s a pretty recent major shift. And now they’ve got the law to fall back on. “Well, it says right there in Obamacare that we don’t have to provide insurance.”
Now, remember what the premise of Obamacare was, folks. As Obama’s out there telling you about it and selling it to you and the Democrat Party’s doing the same thing, what are they telling you? If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. You’re not gonna be subject to any changes if you like ’em. And then they said if you change your policy, then that deal is off. Well, you had no choice but to change your policy because your provider changed it. All it took was change one tiny little term in your coverage and that constitutes bye-bye grandfathered clause where you can keep what you had. So the fix was built in that you weren’t gonna be able to keep what you had.
But beyond that, what else was Obamacare gonna do? In addition to letting you keep your doctor and your insurance plan, Obamacare was gonna insure the poor. Remember? Obamacare was gonna insure the uninsured. Obamacare was gonna provide coverage for the people in our country who really need it, the victims of all of this capitalism over these years, the left-out, the needy, the hungry, the thirsty, the forgotten. Obamacare was gonna see to it that they were not forgotten. And now what’s going to happen, the number of people who do not have health insurance is going to rise, and it’s gonna rise a lot. The very premise under which most people were lied to to support this thing, and most people didn’t support it, by the way, and they never have, turns out to be, sadly, very untrue.