(AOL NEWS) Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has thrown down the gauntlet. If the U.S. Congress passes health care reform, Limbaugh will leave the country to receive his medical treatment.
Specifically, Limbaugh told a caller that he envisions traveling to Costa Rica should the government, through a federal program costing upwards of $1 trillion, expand health care coverage to approximately 30 million Americans who are currently uninsured.
“Ironically, says the AOL News writer, “Costa Rica offers universal heath care to all of its residents.” (Fair enough, I say, but Costa Rica has a population of 4,579,000. The U.S. Population is 307,006,550,000, and that’s not counting illegal immigrants.)
The caller asked Limbaugh where he would go for health care if Congress were to enact reform.
“I don’t know,” Limbaugh responded. “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.”
Rush’s point was that he would go to Costa Rica for health care services. He did not say he would move there. Rush also said that our health insurance companies that do not want to be put out of business. He says that he’s talked to these companies, and they are establishing health care clinics and quality doctors in places like Costa Rica, and they are going to continue to sell policies to people who are willing to fly there and get treatment. If I have to go through the equivalent of the DMV every time I need treatment, I’m willling to fly there.
The AOL News writer goes on in the article to talk about Alec Badwin, Kim Bassinger, and Robert Altman’s threats to leave the country if Bush won in 2000. The writer also links Limbaugh’s threat with Sarandon’s threat to leave the country if McCain beat Obama. A) Limbaugh never issued a hysterical statement involving leaving the U.S. B) No one would notice if any of these stars left, and even if they did notice that one of these stars was gone, a vast majority of them wouldn’t care. C) Rush offered a very specific reason for wanting to go to Costa Rica, and the stars all just offered hysterical, blanket statement that didn’t involve a single point of substance. In the context of these three points, I don’t see the correlation that AOL News writer is offering.