I share a lot of Rush's transcript on this below. It reminds me so much of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged .
RUSH: A bunch of CEOs are in Washington. These people are beside themselves. They're having to hire outside consultants to pore through the Obamacare legislation and advise them, tell them what they have to do to comply. And they are asking for some kind of relief.
You've got John Schnatter at Papa John's pizza, the Applebee's people and a number of other restaurant chains are saying, "We have no choice." If they're gonna keep our products priced where they are, which is the price they've all determined is the most sensible for profit stability and affordability for customers, they're gonna have to let some employees go or they're gonna have to convert them to part time, something, in order to stay status quo. And if they can't stay status quo, if their prices skyrocket, their businesses suffer. So there's no win-win here, and these CEOs are being harassed by extremist liberals via Twitter and Facebook and direct e-mail. They're being threatened because of their public statements of what changes they might have to make in the way they run their businesses.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. These major CEOs in town, they want to meet with Obama and they want to have a chat about this because they don't know what they're gonna have to do to comply. Nobody can understand the legislation. And Obama doesn't know what's in it, and the bottom line is he doesn't care what's in it. "Mr. Limbaugh, how in the world can you say that the president --" because he doesn't care about the details. All Obama is interested in is the following. That after a certain number of years of this mass confusion, the only solution will be single payer. Whatever hell happens between now and then is the price to pay for it. We are headed to single-payer health care, the government being the payer, the government being the determining factor in virtually everything.
Now, the states have to start setting up these exchanges, the federal exchanges. The states have to do it where people will go and buy their insurance or pay their fine for not doing so. The deadline was originally November 16th, but the regime has relaxed that. Some of these deadlines have been moved to next year, early next year, I think February because there's not enough time now and the regime wants to appear flexible. Now it's easy for me to say sitting here behind the Golden EIB Microphone, if I was a Republican governor, I would say no. I'm not setting up an exchange. I'm not gonna do it because the federal government cannot. It's a quirk in the law.
Now, they could go back and fix this I suppose, but as the law currently exists the federal government cannot set up the exchanges in the states. Somebody, some staff member, whoever wrote this thing, made an error. Believe me, there are errors in this thing that nobody even knows exist yet. It's 2,700 pages. One of the reasons it's 2,700 pages is that virtually every special interest group was given treatment. It is an absolute jigsaw puzzle nightmare. And where it's going to end up is single payer, by design. We didn't win the Senate, so there's no rolling this back. There could be some fun, there could be some delays if the governors refuse to set up the exchanges.
Now, as far as citizens are concerned, the exchange will be a federal office building somewhere with a phone number, and you'll call, and you'll find out what you have to do to be legal and have your insurance and how much it's gonna cost you and what the fine options are. Or you can go there and stand in line like you do at the DMV. I venture to say that over half the population has no idea what's in store for them. But there will be no recourse now. And so resulting confusion -- and don't think Obama's knows the details of this. He doesn't care. I mean, he was running around saying, (imitating Obama) "You'll be able to keep your doctor. If you like your doctor, keep your doctor. You didn't build that, and if you like your policy, you can keep your policy." You can't. None of that's true. He was either lying through his teeth about it or he doesn't know, doesn't matter which, but there's equal weight on the "he doesn't know."