RUSH: This is what we were told. Republicans, before certain elections, said we need the House if we’re gonna repeal Obamacare, so we gave ’em the House. But then nothing happened. They said, “That’s right, we need the Senate. We can’t do anything because Obama’s still in the oval office, we can’t do anything, we need the Senate.” We gave ’em the Senate in the 2014 midterms.
And then they said, “Well, that’s really great, we appreciate it, but we need the White House. I mean, we need all three, White House, House, Senate to be able to do this.” So we elected Trump. And Trump was running also on repeal and replace Obamacare. So everything that our dear Republicans said they needed, they got.
And so now, after voters have delivered, it has now come down to an unelected Senate parliamentarian standing in their way. We are to believe that a majority of elected senators cannot overrule the parliamentarian. “That’s right, Mr. Limbaugh, our hands are tied.” (imitating McCain) “That’s right. That’s right. I’ve been here a long time and I looked at it, Limbaugh, and I know you’d like to tell the guy to stuff it. We can’t. We can’t.”
So they’re saying that they cannot repeal the regulations on insurance companies by reconciliation, only the mandates and taxes. However, my friends, the regulations on the insurance companies, which is what drives the costs up and makes the mandates and taxes necessary, is obviously inextricably linked to the mandates and taxes. You can’t have the mandates and taxes going up and down without the action taken on the insurance companies, on the premiums and the maximums.
But then again, who cares what the parliamentarian thinks? This is just common sense. Saying they can’t repeal the regulations on insurance companies by reconciliation, even though the whole thing was passed that way, they can only do the mandates and taxes, the mandate to buy insurance and the tax, they can roll those back, they can get rid of those, but the regulations on the insurance companies, which is where the premium skyrocketing occurs and the minimums and the deductibles and all that, we can’t, we need 60 votes for that. Parliamentarian says so.
So it looks like to us, you know, from the outside looking in, that they’re just looking for reasons not to do it. And we know why. I mean, the minute this thing was implemented we knew there was gonna be overwhelming fear of actually repealing it, ’cause it’s taking away. That’s Santa Claus going back down the chimney on December 27th and taking everything back to the North Pole, in their minds, and they don’t want to be that Santa Claus.