RUSH: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is Victoria, and I really appreciate your patience in hanging on. Thank you.
CALLER: Thank you so much for speaking to me.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I’m a physician. I’m in private practice and I think it’s very interesting how you are talking about the demise of small businesses. I experienced this during the month of June. All Medicare payments were held to my practice. And, you know, it made it —
RUSH: What does that mean? During the month of June all Medicare payments were held?
CALLER: Held. Held. Not given to us.
RUSH: You weren’t paid?
CALLER: No, we were not paid.
RUSH: Okay, they were held back, okay.
CALLER: Because they were trying to decide whether we were going to have a 21% fee cut in the month of June so they held back on paying us. They decided that we would not have 21% fee cut. Instead they’re gonna give us a 2% fee raise, but they haven’t decided when to implement that. So, at the beginning of June, payments started trickling in at like $500 a day. Well, I can’t pay my rent, I can’t pay my light bill, I can’t pay my staff, let alone pay myself. It’s like this is going to be the demise of small businesses.
RUSH: Yeah. And the dirty little secret is that the states who are increasingly approaching bankruptcy are soon going to learn that under Obamacare they have to make these payments. They are going to be responsible for it. That’s how the federal government says it’s cutting the budget. They’re just transferring the payments to the states, which don’t have the money, and they can’t print the money like the feds can to get —
CALLER: Well, South Carolina is a poor state. We don’t have extra money. We’re very poor.
RUSH: No state has extra money. Only people have extra money, and they are the targets.
CALLER: Well, people aren’t giving up their extra money. They’re holding onto it tighter than ever —
CALLER: — for fear of what’s going on.
RUSH: Exactly right. How long have you been in medicine, Victoria?
CALLER: I’ve been in the medical field 30 years but I’ve been a practicing physician over 12.
RUSH: Over 12.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: Would you say 15, 20 years ago when you started studying in earnest to become a practicing physician, did you ever imagine that your compensation would come in the form of reimbursements from the federal government whenever they decided to pay you?
CALLER: Never in a million years. I never thought that, because I said if they can do this now, what’s to say they can’t do it in the future and hold it even longer?
CALLER: Where’s the guarantee?
RUSH: We’re talking medicine here. We’re talking people’s health. I mean the doctor is the doctor. The nurse is the nurse. You can’t farm this kind of work out to a subsidiary, and if the people who do this kind of work are not even going to be paid appropriately or even worse, on time, what’s going to be their incentive to remain in the field?
CALLER: You can’t. I mean we’ve already had to cut off assuming new Medicare patients.
RUSH: You know, listen, folks, do you hear the desperation in her voice? Do you remember the guy Clint Didier yesterday, the farmer? People are desperate out there over what’s happening.
RUSH: To the doctor in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Ma’am, you actually have nothing to worry about. President Obama is gonna fix the problems of Medicare and Medicaid by expanding the rolls of people on Medicare and Medicaid by millions and cutting the fees to doctors by half a trillion dollars. Problem solved! They’re gonna cut fees even more, ma’am, and more people are going to be enrolled. That’s Obamacare, and it’s coming before you know it. We learn one thing, ladies and gentlemen, from the disaster of the Obama election is bringing upon the nation. It is that elections have consequences far beyond the cosmetics and the feel-good and the psychological. And here’s the dirty little secret. This is the dirty little secret real sad thing, and I mean this from the bottom of my sizeable beating heart. America will probably be able to survive Barack Obama, but America cannot survive the idiots who elected him. They have to learn, and they have to be kept to a minority percentage of the population or we are sunk. That is indisputable.