Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Limbaugh Prefers Costa Rica's National Health Insurance

Rush Limbaugh has offered this juicy tidbit: if the US Congress passes its health reform bill, he will leave the country. Really? Where will he go?

It's unclear if he'll leave for good, or just to get health care.

Incidentally, he says he'll go to Costa Rica. That's a country with a well respected blend of public and private care that is held together and fueled by national health insurance and national health care mandates.

Interesting.

5 comments:

Paul Swendson said...

That may be the best reason for passing health care reform that I have ever heard.

MikeAT said...

mazenko

Good to know your “facts” are as accurate as always.

From the website Rush Limbaugh.com, http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_030810/content/01125111.member.html.... and my own ears.

“RUSH: This is Richard in Naples. Richard, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Hey, welcome from sunny Naples. Two part question for you regarding health care. If the health care bill passes, where would you go for health care yourself? And the second part of that is what happens to the doctors, do they have to participate in the federal program or can they opt out of it?

RUSH: Well, in the first place, none of that's going to happen for four or five years.

CALLER: I understand that, but if it does, what happens to the doctors? Are they going to be forced into a federal program?

RUSH: Yes! It's going to be the only people providing insurance.

CALLER: Where, then, would you go for health care?

RUSH: Where would I go for health care?

CALLER: Yeah, if the private doctors have to go into the federal program.

RUSH: My guess is even in Canada and even in the UK, doctors have opted out. They can't see anybody, Medicare, Medicaid, or what will become the exchanges. They have to have a clientele of private patients that will pay them a retainer, and it's going to be a very small practice. I don't know if that has been outlawed in the Senate bill.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: I don't know. I'll just tell you this. If this passes and it's five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented, I am leaving the country. I'll go to Costa Rica.

CALLER: Yeah, you saw on the news where Fidel says you come to this country, you need medical insurance now.

RUSH: Well, I wouldn't go there anyway, but I mean, the thing is you're going to have to have health insurance if you visit Cuber.”

I think it's obvious Rush said he would leave for Costa Rica for private medical treatment…

mazenko said...

Thanks, Mike.

I know what he said - I heard the show. I was just being snarky, as he always is.

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