RUSH: Well, let’s delve into that, since you bring that up. The most recent — and keeping track of this is its own job. But I’ll tell you, the best I’ve been able to come up with as we are discussing today, 24 members of the House Freedom Caucus — i.e., the conservative caucus in the House. The leader claims they’ve got 24 votes against the House bill. If that’s true, the House bill is going to fail. Is that what you’ve heard?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I had a great meeting this morning with members of the Freedom Caucus who were kind enough to come over to the White House. You know, Rush, you’ve known me for a long time. The Freedom Caucus didn’t exist when I was a member of Congress, but if I’d have been there when they organized it, you know I’m sure would have joined it. (chuckling) I battled against Big Government not only under Democrat presidents, but under Republican presidents. I opposed the Wall Street bailout, I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, and those are tough fights.
But I met with the team today and I said, “Look, for all the debate over the various details of this bill, the truth is that conservatives in the House have improved this legislation.” Because of House conservatives, we’ve managed to add block granting of Medicaid to the states. Because of House conservatives, we now have a work requirement for able-bodied adults in Medicaid, and we’re working on additional amendments that will be taken up in the Senate that will expand the ability of people to buy health insurance across state lines. But the simple fact is that —
RUSH: Well, wait. When is that going to happen?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, it actually begins in a couple levels. As you know, Rush, this is a step-by-step process. This first bill, along with Secretary Tom Price’s effort at HHS, really do a couple things. First, we repeal the tax penalties of Obamacare. We essentially take the teeth out of the tiger, and now the American people are no longer faced with a tax penalty (chuckles) if they fail to purchase health insurance.
RUSH: And the mandate’s gone, correct?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: The mandate will require 60 votes to take that sentence out of the statute, but we essentially take the enforceability away by removing the tax penalties in this budget bill. And remember, this first bill only requires 51 votes. So the president said to us, “Get everything you can in this first bill,” and so in this first bill, we repeal the taxes. We launch health savings accounts on a broader basis in the country, and most importantly, we passed the largest reform of Medicaid in the 50-year history of this program, transferring Medicaid back to the states with all-new flexibility — as I said — with work requirements as an option, with… And we also allow states simply to take a block grant of Medicaid all designed so that they can — in Florida and all over the country — reform Medicaid in ways that will better serve the most vulnerability in those communities.
RUSH: Where is the happiness (chuckles) associated with blowing up Obamacare? Remember, now, ever since Obamacare became law, standard operating procedure for any elected Republican has been to promise — first, second, and third in any statement — to get rid of it. “We’re gonna repeal and replace it. We’re gonna replace it. We’re gonna fix Obamacare. We’re gonna fix the American health care system.” Okay. So there was an election. Trump wins the presidency; the Republicans increase their control in the House of Representatives.
The Senate is controlled by Republicans by (depending on how you count) two or four votes. Now they’re gonna repeal and replace Obamacare, and I’ll be damned if I can find anybody happy about it. (chuckling) That’s one… Now, Trump is selling it. He’s even tweeting about it, even now. (paraphrased) “We’re doing great work on health care. It’s gonna be the greatest health care; it’s gonna be the best health care. You’re not gonna believe how great it is. Win, win, win!” Trump’s excited about it. Trump’s out there selling it. I guess Ryan –in his own way, when he has his press conference — was talking about what’s in it and the effort here.
But when you get past those two and into the rank-and-file, have you detected any glow of happiness over this, Mr. Snerdley? (interruption) Seriously. I mean, I could be wrong. I’m not watching everything. I mean, getting rid of this… This is like defeating socialism! Getting this thing… There ought to be parades. There ought to be bands. We ought to be playing the Star-Spangled Banner, God Save the Queen, God Bless America, Battle Hymn of the Republic. You know, take copies of the lyrics and shove ’em down Chuck Schumer’s throat. Where is all that?
Where is the celebration of getting rid of one of the greatest attempted socialist takeovers in this country? Am I missing something? Are we adults and we don’t celebrate like that? (interruption) That’s not it? (sigh) Okay.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 23, Nic Robertson. This is our old buddy Nic Robertson at CNN. I don’t have time to tell you why he’s our favorite because I’ve got limited time before the next break, but this is on CNN’s special coverage of the U.K. terrorist attack. They’re very upset that the police in the U.K. are calling this a terrorist attack. They’re afraid Trump’s gonna benefit from that. CNN is very, very worried this is being called a terrorist attack. Nic Robertson was on CNN, one of their foreign correspondents to talk about it.
ROBERTSON: This is an iconic landmark in London. We’ve talked about this already. It has long been a concern of the security services that it could become a target, and — at the moment — the police are saying — at the moment — describing it as a terror incident until they get further information. There has been that concern that it could be, uh, a target of such an incident and that’s why security around the building has been strengthened in recent years. That’s why there are armed police. That’s why there are barricades. That’s why cars can no longer get close to the building. This one was prevented by the fence and by the wall itself.
RUSH: What? What? W-what did he say? Did he say wall? Did he say there’s a wall around Parliament and that it worked? Really? Nic Robertson says there’s a wall? He’s praising the fence, he’s praising security measures, he’s praising the wall that kept this car from doing even greater damage? And yet this is the same guy that no doubt supports sanctuary cities harboring known criminals, felons from apprehension by the U.S. government if they happen to be illegal immigrants — and no doubt opposes a wall to protect this country.
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RUSH: Like I say, it doesn’t matter. Turn on a TV network, go to a website and read any so-called mainstream media website, and it is never ending. The personal assaults, the policy assaults on Trump.
I can hear you out there saying, “Rush! Rush, you shouldn’t sound…” I’m not… Folks, don’t misunderstand me now. None of this opposition surprises me. I’m the one who expected this, and I’m not expecting any of this to turn into love and admiration and support for Trump. What has me concerned is not the insanity of Donald Trump. What has me concerned is the insanity of everybody else and what they might do, ’cause they’re the ones… The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the CNN, these are the people that are out of sorts. These are the people that have lost. These are the people who’ve had their world crumble.
These are the people who’ve lost whatever claim to power they thought they had.
These are the people, to me, who are dangerous.