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RUSH: Robert in Phoenix. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Truly an honor to speak to you again.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: I have two comments. My first one is since Obamacare is considered unconstitutional due to the mandate that you have to buy it, why isn’t Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional?

RUSH: Well, you don’t have to buy anything with Social Security. And, by the way, Obamacare has not been declared unconstitutional yet. That’s before the court, Supreme Court’s gonna decide that. That’s the commerce clause, which of course Obamacare requires that you buy health insurance, and if you don’t, they are going to fine you. The Obama regime’s way out of this, “No, no, no, no, we’re not mandating anything. This is a tax.”

CALLER: But Social Security and Medicare are a tax that you have to pay, which you don’t receive the benefit of as you’re paying it. Why is it that you’re required —

RUSH: They’re two totally different things. Social Security is not a tax, actually, and it’s not a fee and it’s not a penalty. There’s nothing in common.


RUSH: Literally nothing in common between those two things. To go along your reasoning, the entire income tax would be illegal. You can argue the benefits you get from it and so forth. No, this is strictly a commerce clause issue: The federal government mandating somebody buy something, can’t do it. But, look, the Constitution’s one of these living, breathing documents. If this Supreme Court, and they follow elections, they do follow public opinion now and then…

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