Rush Limbaugh Blames "Exercise Freaks" for the Increasing Costs in Healthcare

  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 12, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    http://www.theseminal.com/2009/06/11/leader-limbaugh-exercise-freaks-are-driving-up-costs-public-option-will-lead-to-single-payer/

    His video/audio with those statements are contained in the story linked above.

    Leader Limbaugh: “Exercise Freaks” Are Driving Up Costs, Public Option Will Lead To Single Payer
    by Jason Rosenbaum June 11th, 2009 @ 5:16 pm EST

    Rush Limbaugh, who’s seen as the leader of the Republican party by most people in the country, thinks our health care crisis is caused by “exercise freaks” who’s broken bones and sprained ankles are stressing the health care system.

    Rush Limbaugh, who’s seen as the leader of the Republican party by most people in the country, thinks our health care crisis is caused by “exercise freaks” who’s broken bones and sprained ankles are stressing the health care system. Listen:

    Rush also thinks we’re going to end up with single payer, contrary to the continued assertions of President Obama that you’ll always be able to keep the insurance you have if you like it:

    "There will be no private insurance once they get a public option. That’s the dirty little secret. There will be no competition. That’s the dirty little secret. What public — once a public option is in place, the insurance companies are not going to be able to compete. It’s — they’re not even going to try. The insurance companies are going to try to offload. Once there is a public option, you’re going to see the insurance companies get out of it and get on board the government plan for a whole host of reasons. The dirty little secret here is that the idea of a public option is to end up with a single payer and that’s the federal government."

    It’s interesting to see how out of touch the leader of the Republican party is, blaming the health care crisis on “exercise freaks” and lying about the President’s plan. It’s also interesting to see what Rush isn’t doing here: Offering his solution to the health care crisis. It’s fitting that the leader of the Republican party also has no new ideas.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 12, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    What a joke this man is

    I wonder how much cigar chomping fat assed drug addicts cost the medical system?
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    Jun 12, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    Well, that's just silly... the exercise freaks part. Don't know about the merits of the "public option" talk.
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    Jun 12, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    Now you see I would have thought that overweight, heavily smoking, prescription drug addicts would be a bigger drain on a public system

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/28/AR2006042801692.html

    The man is a fool. He does not have the moral or intellectual merit to be take seriously other than as a cultural curiosity.

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    Jun 13, 2009 5:49 AM GMT
    Wow. What a douche. There are no words.
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:15 AM GMT
    Really, what do you expect from Dear Leader Rush?
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:21 AM GMT
    I'm amazed that this gelatinous a$$hole would even care to make commentaries about healthcare since he skirts around the very industry to obtain prescription for his drug habit illegally. So with those actions he's committed himself, I'm sure that performing bait-n-switch, or executing larceny, would be the way to acquire healthcare than passing new policy and legislation to insure Americans legally with dignity. And since at one point in his career he commented on how drug dealers and users should be striped of their rights and shot dead, perhaps he should practice upon his own words.

    Rush Windbag has no idea or details for a plan as neither would Newt Gingrich since their regressive political ideology brims of divisive posturing, embracing hypocrisy (both have been multiply married, Gingrich enjoys infidelity, yet they preach "family values"), covet deceit, while "protecting" homophobic self-hating "straight" colleagues like Larry Craig and Mark Foley.

    These are elements that should be highlighted furthermore to illustrate how off-key, unintelligent, and lacking of a vision Rush and his same-minded cronies are in these changing times.

    Clearly, this is not the GOP Lincoln left behind ....

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    Jun 13, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    No offense, but Michael Steele is the leader of the Republican party.

    Rush is not the leader any more than Rachel Maddow is the leader of the Democratic Party.

    You guys bite his bait everytime. He plays you. You say he does not but he gets you everytime. He says something outrageous. You react and overreact. His ratings shoot through the roof. Who wins? Rush. He baits you, you fall for the bait. you react. How many times will you fall for that before you realize he uses you? He has made a career from baiting liberals who do exactly what he wants. Who is stupid? He makes $300 million a year doing exactly what he does. He has been doing this for almost 20 years since he was a small talk show host in Sacramento.

    If liberals ignored Rush and did not react, he would slowly slide into insignificance. But they do not. They react. They lash out. Do you realize that by calling him the Voice of Republicans, you are doing EXACTLY what he wants? Liberals are making him relevant. Liberals keep Rush going, make him relevant, even as they try to attack him.

    Rush is still around mostly due to liberals that attack him. They make him relevant. He feeds off the attacks and turns those attacks into attacks on Conservatives.

    Ignore Rush, and he dies. Or he becomes marginal. Attack him and he relights the fire into a blaze from smoldering embers.
  • imperator

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    Jun 13, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidNow you see I would have thought that overweight, heavily smoking, prescription drug addicts would be a bigger drain on a public system
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    The man is a fool. He does not have the moral or intellectual merit to be take seriously other than as a cultural curiosity.



    I think in this case it's actually less foolhardiness and more a case of self-serving denial. I imagine the thought process was a little something like this: "Health care, wow, that's a big issue right now, we Republicans have to take a stance on it; someone's got to be to blame for the crisis in health costs, who could it be?; there's an awful lot of these 'studies' and 'research' that suggests it's old, out-of-shape type-A hotheads... crap, that sounds a lot like me and pretty much everyone I know!; well we can't be to blame... or if we are, we sure as hell can't admit it, we're in a deep enough hole in the opinion polls as it is without taking this on, too!; but how can we do what we usually do and shift the blame to everyone-but-us?; let me pore over some more of these so-called 'facts'...; a-ha! people who exercise sometimes injure themselves doing it! JACKPOT!"

    So what you call stupidity may in fact be a perverse, malignant kind of intelligence. I mean, either way I won't shed a tear when he keels over of a coronary event, but it would be handy to know what to put on his headstone-- "rambling, backwards idiot" or "lying, evil genius."
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:38 AM GMT
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    Is it any shock that another stupid thing comes out of this guys mouth?
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    Triggerman saidNo offense, but Michael Steele is the leader of the Republican party.

    Rush is not the leader any more than Rachel Maddow is the leader of the Democratic Party.

    You guys bite his bait everytime. He plays you. You say he does not but he gets you everytime. He says something outrageous. You react and overreact. His ratings shoot through the roof. Who wins? Rush. He baits you, you fall for the bait. you react. How many times will you fall for that before you realize he uses you? He has made a career from baiting liberals who do exactly what he wants. Who is stupid? He makes $300 million a year doing exactly what he does. He has been doing this for almost 20 years since he was a small talk show host in Sacramento.

    If liberals ignored Rush and did not react, he would slowly slide into insignificance. But they do not. They react. They lash out. Do you realize that by calling him the Voice of Republicans, you are doing EXACTLY what he wants? Liberals are making him relevant. Liberals keep Rush going, make him relevant, even as they try to attack him.

    Rush is still around mostly due to liberals that attack him. They make him relevant. He feeds off the attacks and turns those attacks into attacks on Conservatives.

    Ignore Rush, and he dies. Or he becomes marginal. Attack him and he relights the fire into a blaze from smoldering embers.


    I agree with some of what you wrote. But I don't think 20 million liberals are tuning in every day just to hear something they can freak out about. Right-wing conservatives are the soul of his listenership. When you're reaching that many Americans with crazy talk, I would expect a liberal to respond countering his argument. It's almost necessary to respond.

    Also, I think he gets reactions out of conservatives too. Ya know, in my opinion, moderate Republicans might have been able to make a rational case against Sotomayor, but because Rush (and Newt) said what they said, you really can't say anything negative about her without being compared to a racist like those two.
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
    OK, what was his crazy talk? Since you brought it up?
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
    And no, it is not necessary to respond. Dumb ideas die on their own.
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:49 AM GMT
    Stupid people are stupid.

    Republicans, Religion, Creationists, etc., ad nauseam.

    Folks like Limbaugh, and The GOP, prey upon ignorant folks.
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    Jun 13, 2009 6:54 AM GMT
    Triggerman saidOK, what was his crazy talk? Since you brought it up?


    Well, I'm not interested in going back and forth on this too long, don't want to take over the discussion about health care, but he did call Sotomayor a racist, which I think is crazy. He says Obama doesn't like white people. Also, I believe he recently said for Americans to boycott Chrysler with the sole intention of not letting one of Obama's plans succeed. Isn't that a crazy reason to endorse a crazy initiative? There are a ton of others, but if you're of a different political idealogy, you're probably not going to agree with what I call crazy.
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    Jun 13, 2009 7:05 AM GMT
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    Jun 13, 2009 7:11 AM GMT
    A CNN poll that HndsmKansan quoted in http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/551814/ found that 10% of Americans think (or said they think) Rush is the "main person" who speaks for the Republican party.

    Limbaugh is so self-deluded that he thinks he can make his audience forget about the links between rising obesity rates and rising health care costs. His statement is a sad joke, but does Limbaugh even realize it? If so, he truly hates America.

    (Um, claiming that exercise freaks are driving up health care costs is crazy talk.)
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    Jun 13, 2009 9:38 AM GMT
    Eeegads, so many people attacking what I say. I do not speak for Rush, I speak for me. Attack me but do not say what I say is what he says.
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    Jun 13, 2009 9:44 AM GMT
    But, he blows you all away. He says things that people want to say but will not. He does that day in and day out. He really represents the voice of the common American. I am not saying it is right or wrong. But he does not speak for a minority. If so, he would not make $300 million a year. They do not pay him for speaking for the minority.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 13, 2009 10:39 AM GMT
    Triggerman, Rush Limbaugh indeed speaks for the minority. A minority of two: Him and his ego!


    The question is, what Republicans are rebuking Rush Limbaugh? Everyone else is doing that except key Republican elected officials. They try to, but end up apologizing for it.

    And on the note of healthcare, Republicans are now claiming that the American healthcare system is the best in the world and they question the reasons for changing it. The truth is that the American healthcare system is the worst in the industrialized world.
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    Jun 13, 2009 11:09 AM GMT
    Rush is not the leader any more than Rachel Maddow is the leader of the Democratic Party.

    But the democrats don't come and apologize to Rachel Maddow whenever they do or say something other than what is her line of thought

    and as far as Michael Steele being the head of GOP said phonetically
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    Jun 13, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    Republicans do not need to rebuke Rush, nor does he need to speak "on behalf" of them.

    He is a private citizen speaking on a privately funded talk show and he can say anything he wants. You or I may not agree with him, but free speech is a protected right. I may not agree with him, but he has every right to say what he wants.

    If you do not like it, boycott or talk to his sponsors. Otherwise, he is doing what any American has a right to do.
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    Jun 13, 2009 11:22 AM GMT
    Guys, I am a free speech advocate. Popular speech or unpopular speech. If you do not like Rush, fine. Put someone on drive time that is more popular. Let the market decide. If someone is more popular, they will succeed.
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    Jun 13, 2009 11:28 AM GMT
    And all this time I thought it was the prescription drug addicts icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 13, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
    First of all It is a bloody moronic repuGlican. It does nothing but incite the other moronic repuGlicans who follow it like mindless dolts. It's a complete waste of time.
    Secondly...it's fat. Why would anyone care what a bloody fat arse says about health issues? Hopefully it will be dead soon from some fat releated issue and the world will be rid of it.
    Oh my...what will the reuGlican party do?!? icon_eek.gif

    Cheers,
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