"Health care, that's 1/6--1/6!--of the US economy, 1/6 of our GDP," he declared in July 2009. "You take that out of the private sector. That means the private sector has shrunk by 1/6. That means there's less capital for people to compete for and earn, and there's less opportunity for that remaining 5/6 (and it's going to be less than that because all this other stuff's going to take even more of the private sector) to grow." First of all, the Obama plan maintains the private health insurance system and private health care providers. Second, even if the private health care sector magically ceased to exist, it would not reduce the amount of capital available in the rest of the economy for investment and opportunity.
FactCheck: No, ObamaCare has no effect on capital in economy
One of his most outrageous lies about health care spread the myth that "death panels" were part of Obama's plan. Limbaugh claimed, "Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment. Government dictates how your life ends." Absolutely nothing on page 427 (or anywhere else in the bill) says government will dictate how a person's life ends; in fact, it explicitly protects "enabling orders for life sustaining treatment." After a conservative doctor called into the show supporting the plan to have end-of-life discussions with patients, Limbaugh continued, "That's what the counselors are preparing these people for: end of care, 'cause they're getting old and it isn't going to be worthy of investment. It's right in the House bill!" Once again there was nothing about hiring counselors in the House bill. There was nothing about imposing "end of care." Yet Limbaugh persisted with the fake story of death panels.
FactCheck: No, end-of life counseling isn't a "death panel"
Rush Limbaugh routinely told his 20 million radio listeners that "Whitewater is about health care." I finally understood that, yes, it was. The ongoing Whitewater investigation was about undermining the progressive agenda by any means.One afternoon in Seattle at the end of July 1994, I pulled into town as part of the Health Security Express. Inspired by the Freedom Riders who traveled by bus across the South in the early sixties to spread the message of desegregation, health reform advocates organized this nationwide but tour in the summer of 1994.
1994: Whitewater is about health care
Local and national radio hosts had been inciting protestors all week. One of them had urged listeners to come down and "show Hillary" what they thought of me. At least half of the 4,500 people who came to my speech in Seattle were protesters.
The protests were openly sponsored by a group called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). Reporters eventually discovered and disclosed the fact that CSE worked in concert with Newt Gingrich's office.
Hillary Clinton is attempting to solve a phony crisis-health care. Yes, we’ve got a problem, but it is not a crisis, and its solution should not be concocted in a crisis atmosphere. It’s the usual liberal modus operandi. They overstate a problem and work society into a frenzied state in order to justify their invariable, big-government solution. What Hillary and Bill are about to do is undermine the best health-care system in the world in the name of fairness and equity. The Clintons stirred up passions and fear by citing the misleading statistic that 37 million Americans are without health-insurance coverage. A CBO study, however, shows that 51% of those were uninsured for less than four months. Many others choose not to be covered.
Health care has problems, but no crisis for drastic change
There was no health-care crisis in this country, at least not until Hillary got her mitts on it. And the problems we have-like escalating costs-were caused primarily by the very kinds of liberal interventionist programs Hillary is now proposing.