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RUSH: Andrew in East Syracuse, New York. Hello, sir.

CALLER: (badly garbled cell phone connection) (unintelligible) … incandescent lightbulb fault dittos, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: You know, I was appalled yesterday when I heard on Fox News — I believe it was either the Bret Baier report or during one of their breaks at the half hour — that the Health and Human Services department is going to be using $30 million of our hard-earned money to communicate to us all the good things about Obamacare; and it was appalling to me because they’ve been doing that since the election of 2008 and every day thereafter since the administration was inaugurated and sworn in. So I’m asking myself: Why do these people who have the bully pulpit at their disposal and who can go to any print source or any broadcast source and get all the time they want, have to use our taxpayer money to communicate to us?

RUSH: Well, because they know we don’t believe ’em, but it’s also a sop to the unions. Whenever you see all these monies, these funds being used to spread a message or to build this project, they’re just slush funds. This is just… It’s not gonna go to what they say it’s gonna go to. This is money that’s going to be used to be passed out to unions, Obama supporters. This is electioneering money.

CALLER: Not so fast, because this afternoon, Rush, while I was listening to your show at the very beginning, during the first soft break, I actually heard an advertisement from the Health and Human Services department, paid for by the Medicare program —

RUSH: Really?

CALLER: — to help inform people of the Medicare fraud enforcement provisions of the Obamacare legislation. And what strikes me as appalling is that after we have communicated to them time and again that we don’t want this bill —

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: — they are now going to use our hard-earned money to (garbled).

RUSH: That’s right. And we have Republicans who think Obama’s gonna ‘pivot’ in our direction. It doesn’t compute.


RUSH: Well, guess what? It turns out, ladies and gentlemen, that the propaganda campaign, Department of Health and Human Services, is to spend 30, what, million, billion dollars of your money to explain the health care debacle actually has happened. They have, in fact, unbeknownst to me, purchased time on this program. During the commercial breaks I listen to music. I try to keep myself up and in a good mood. I’ve been listening to Telstar by The Tornadoes the past couple days. I go back and forth with various tunes. I’m obsessive with these things. So I missed this. Here it is.

ANNOUNCER: Hi. I’m Diane Caradeuc. I’m senior Medicare patrol volunteer. Our program sponsored by Medicare and the US Department of Health and Human Services helps seniors learn to protect themselves from Medicare frauds and scams. For instance, if you’re a Medicare beneficiary and you’re approached with an offer of free medical equipment or services, watch out. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Call 1-800-Medicare to report it, and go to StopMedicareFraud.gov to find lots of useful tips and important information about new fraud-fighting tools that Medicare now has thanks to the new health care law, new resources to help law enforcement crack down on criminals and return taxpayer dollars to the Medicare trust funds and how you can get involved in the fight against fraud. Go to StopMedicareFraud.gov and help make Medicare stronger for all of us. A message from Medicare and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

RUSH: i.e., from Obama. So I’m kinda torn here. We’re getting their money, somewhat coming back to me, some of it’s yours. (interruption) Well, our editorial policy doesn’t have anything to say about this. We took money from CNN, you know, for Spitzer and the Ditzer. Your government is telling you, your government, your government, the Obama regime is saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it is,’ (laughing) from this bunch.


RUSH: Okay, here’s the story, by the way: ‘President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday announced nearly $30 million in grants to ‘help consumers see the benefits’ of the Democrats’ new health care law,’ and they did buy time on this program. We just played you the commercial. ‘Those ‘benefits’ include helping consumers file appeals and grievances against their existing health insurance plans.’ That’s right. Obamacare is so popular that they now have to bribe you to file a complaint against your existing health care plan. This is what they’re doing. They’re bribing you to go out and rip your own health care insurance plan to shreds eventually so that we’ll have to get to the public option or single payer. Make no mistake about it.

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