Rush Limbaugh: I'll Leave Country Over Health Bill
March 9, 2010 1:20 PM
Rush Limbaugh: I'll Leave Country Over Health Bill
Posted by Brian Montopoli
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show that he will eventually leave the country if the health care bill passes and its provisions are implemented.
Liberal media watchdog Media Matters recorded Limbaugh's comments, which you can hear at left. At the 1:20 mark, Limbaugh says the following: "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."
It is not clear if Limbaugh was making a joke, if he was saying he would leaving the country permanently, or if he was saying he would leave just for health care.
The radio host was responding to a caller who asked, "If the health care bill passes, where would you go for health care yourself?"
Rush Limbaugh: I'll Leave Country Over Health Bill - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
i'll help him pack!
Pack your bags, Rush...
Costa Rica has Universal Healthcare for all people in the country, and guess what? It's FANTASTIC, and paid for with a lower percentage of CR's GDP than we are pissing away with insurance companies.
Rush ought to try heading to someplace without "gubmint healthcare"...like, the Sudan.
or Hell. :evil
I hate the egos of these celebrities/pseudo-celebrities...like we are going to email them cryin, "dont go!!!!"
Get lost fatty.
He should just leave now and save us the suspense!
(Universal!) Health Care in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Offers Good-Quality Health Care
Costa Rica has universal health care, one of the best health systems in Latin America. As always with nationalized health care, expect red tape and long waits, but the quality of Costa Rica's health care is excellent. Private health care is also available, very affordable, and high quality. Many doctors speak English and have received training in Europe, Canada, or the U.S. There are three large, private hospitals that most expatriates use: CIMA hospital in Escazú, Clinica Biblica in San José, and Clinica Católica in San José-Guadalupe.
Statistics from the World Health Organization frequently place Costa Rica in the top country rankings in the world for long life expectancy, often even ahead of Great Britain and the United States, even though the per-capita income of Costa Ricans is about one-tenth that of the U.S. and the U.K. Arguably, one reason for this is the slower pace of living in Costa Rica. And, of course, the healthy, fresh, non-preservative-laden foods found there, and the welcoming tropical climate. Costa Rica just seems to be a healthy place to live.
Costa Rica's Government-Run Health Care System
With a government-sponsored network of more than 30 hospitals and more than 250 clinics throughout the country, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) has primary responsibility for providing low-cost health care services to the Costa Rican populace. Although sometimes overburdened, this system has worked well for Costa Ricans for the past 60 or so years. Open not just to Costa Rican residents, the CCSS provides affordable medical service to any foreign resident or visitor. Foreigners living in Costa Rica can join the CCSS by paying a small monthly fee--based on income--or they can buy health insurance from the state monopoly Instituto de Seguro Nacional (INS), valid with over 200 affiliated doctors, hospitals, labs, and pharmacies in the private sector.
Costa Rica's Private Health Care System
Many of the country's highly trained physicians and some dentists work in the mornings for the CCSS and operate their own offices and clinics in the afternoons and evenings. While private health care in Costa Rica is more expensive than that offered by the same doctors and surgeons through the CCSS, the price is still far below that of the average office visit in the U.S. For example, a private office visit to almost any medical specialist costs around $40. Continued treatments for diagnosed problems will vary, but will almost always be considerably less than comparable treatment in the United States. Dental work, too, is provided at a much lower cost than in the U.S.--prompting a phenomenon known as “health tourism.”
Two well-known private hospitals, Clinica Biblica and Clinica Catolica, where many CCSS doctors practice in the afternoons and evenings, offer first-class, ultra-modern services. Affiliated with U.S. hospitals, these two private providers have costs somewhat higher than the public providers but still considerably below anything found in the U.S.
A full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures are available in several modern clinics. With the addition of contemporary laser technology, the ability of Costa Rica's plastic and cosmetic surgeons to provide world-class services has been enhanced. Prices are sometimes 50% lower than in the United States, but it is important to note that each case is different, and prices are quoted on an individual basis after a consultation.
From simple fillings to complicated multiple implants and periodontal work, Costa Rican dentists are as qualified and skilled as dentists anywhere--and prices are far less than most anywhere else. This is another growing area of health tourism--foreign patients seeking dental work arrive in Costa Rica in greater numbers every year. Laboratory work, too, is much cheaper in Costa Rica, and materials used are all FDA-approved and imported from the U.S.
Where to Find out More
Corporación Turismo Salud, S.A. (Health Tourism Corporation) provides complete package services for foreign patients. Supported by the Ministry of Health, CCSS, the Association of Doctors and Surgeons, the Association of Dentists and Dental Surgeons, and the Costa Rica Tourist Board, Health Tourism Corp. will arrange all travel and lodging, provide medical coordination and cost comparisons, transportation while in Costa Rica, complete nursing care, and suggest a wide variety of tours and vacation choices.
For more information about the services of Health Tourism Corp.: tel. (506) 231-2310, fax (506) 231-6916. Information can also be solicited by regular mail: Corporación Turismo Salud, S.A., P.O. Box 1439-1000, San José, Costa Rica.
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And, some anecdotal reinforcement: CR has an AMAZING health care system. I've used it; I lived there. It's head, shoulders, knees and toes above the middle-man garbage we cling to in the States.
Cya Rush, I'd love nothing more than to not have to hear about you anymore.
I would like to believe that Government run health care systems in the US would work.
But then I look at Medicare and Medicade, and they have no comparable features to a good system like Costa Rica. I am being shown no evidence nor am I being convinced in any other ways that we could accomplish what Costa Rica did.
Clearly, something needs to be done, but I have more faith in the private sector than the federal at this point, when considering *resounding success* of Medicare and Medicade.
If the health care reform bill actually provided for the elimination of those two programs and a total restructuring under another methodology, I might at least be hopeful. But without that, its still a pathetic bandaid, that I can't believe will have any significant positive impact.
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