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March 9, 2010

IN CASE DEMS NEEDED ADDED MOTIVATION.... A caller asked right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh yesterday where he would "go for health care" if the Democratic health care reform package passes.

"I'll just tell you this," Limbaugh said. "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."

There are so many reasons why health care reform would benefit the country. In case proponents needed another, Limbaugh just gave them one.

Adding details and context to Limbaugh's nonsense is usually a waste of time, but it's probably worth noting that Costa Rica would be an interesting choice for Limbaugh's self-imposed exile. The national health care system in Costa Rica is socialized and generally considered the best in Latin America.

Indeed, the World Health Organization ranks Costa Rica's system as slightly better than ours.

Nevertheless, if Limbaugh is sincere about his willingness to leave the United States, I don't imagine he'd have to pay for his own plane ticket or moving expenses -- there are millions of Americans just waiting to chip in.

Steve Benen 12:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (49)

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As if we needed another reason to pass health care!!!!

Posted by: Homer on March 9, 2010 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

and pray tell, what will change about Rush's corporate health care when the bill passes? He has a "Cadillac" plan I guess with a major rehab rider?...

Posted by: JM on March 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

My guess Limbaugh has a property in Costa Rica and has been planning to relocate there anyway.

Posted by: Ron Byers on March 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

He'd just broadcast from Costa Rica and lie about its health care. Maybe someone should ask the Costa Rican government their opinion of this.

Posted by: Mudge on March 9, 2010 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, it would be intolerable to live in a country where other people are getting health care.

Posted by: putnam on March 9, 2010 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

On the other hand, according to CostaRica.com,
"Most...drugs are available without a prescription."

Posted by: Art Hackett on March 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

This guy has a history of badmouthing "socialized" medicine, but when it comes to actually getting medical help, he choses socialized medicine. The previous episode was in Hawaii.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on March 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Can we get it in writing?

Posted by: Loren Korevec on March 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Oh the irony... Lush Limprod leaves the United States to go get GOVERNMENT RUN SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!!!!

Posted by: citizen_pain on March 9, 2010 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

"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." - Limbaugh

Promises, promises

Posted by: Marko on March 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

What a glorious headline to see first thing.... oh happy day....

Posted by: SF on March 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

Steve -- this is Post of the Month!!

Posted by: Dems lose huge in 2010 on March 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

So much for relations between Costa Rica and the US.

Posted by: beep52 on March 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Nevertheless, if Limbaugh is sincere about his willingness to leave the United States, I don't imagine he'd have to pay for his own plane ticket or moving expenses -- there are millions of Americans just waiting to chip in.

Only if it was an automatic airplane with a robot pilot, and a bomb in the tail. No need to harm innocent aircrew.

Posted by: TCinLA on March 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

And we all know how truthful Limbaugh has been in the past. That guy ain't going nowhere...

Posted by: ScottW on March 9, 2010 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

Rushing to Costa Rica because he loves children?

Posted by: Boolaboola on March 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK
Costa Rica is a healthy place to live, because its government continues a long-time commitment to affordable access to one of the finest health care systems in the world, for each and every citizen.

• Prescriptions are not needed on most products in
Costa Rica.

• You can take a 90-day supply back to the USA.

• You'll save up to 80%, compared to U.S. drugstores.

In a United Nations study conducted in the 1980s, Costa Rica's medical system, was first in Latin America and ranked near the United States and
Canada, among the 20 best in the world. Things are pretty much the same today.

With a government - sponsored network, of 29 hospitals and more than 250 clinics, throughout the country, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) has primary responsibility for providing low cost, health services, to the Costa Rican population.

Though presently somewhat overburdened, like most of the Costa Rican infrastructure, this system has worked well for Costa Ricans for the past 50
or so years. Open not just to Ticos, 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 their 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.

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.

Clearly then, not only does Costa Rica offer universal health care coverage to its citizens, but that same high quality care is available for people from all over the world.

Sounds like a great place to live. Since I got laid-off and lost my insurance, maybe I should just move down there!

Posted by: kanopsis on March 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Two words for Mr. Limbaugh - good riddance! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on March 9, 2010 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

I'll drive him to the airport and carry his bags!

Posted by: Daddy Love on March 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

On the other hand, we may not want Lush Limprod to go to Costa Rica; he may receive too good of care that may wind up lengthening his lifespan, which of course is something that must not happen.

Posted by: citizen_pain on March 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

I'll drive him to the airport and carry his bags!
Posted by: Daddy Love on March 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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I'll fly the freakin' plane!

(Full Disclosure: I never finished flight school, can't land a plane, and only have one parachute.)

Posted by: iucaffiend on March 9, 2010 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

dominican republic? nah, been there, done that.

no, the place you're looking for, rush, is somalia. no government-run health care... in fact, no government-run anything to darken your day. the second amendment rules.
indeed, it's a libertarian paradise. the whole place runs on pixie dust and gunpowder.

Posted by: mellowjohn on March 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't one of Rush's regular sponsors an outfit that hawks timeshares in Costa Rica?

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on March 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

mellowjohn for the win!

Somalia is perfect for a small government, stay-outta-my-business type.

Posted by: sue on March 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

The very essence, the very definition of Win/Win. HCR plus Rush self outsourcing himself. What a motivator to get HCR that final distance.

Maybe even Kucinich could get behind HCR with this additional reward.

Posted by: burro on March 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Damn. We have to wait another FIVE years?!?!

Posted by: martin on March 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

He must have used up all the Dominican boys and is looking for new "material".

Posted by: bikelib on March 9, 2010 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

Damn,
That was my idea if healthcare doesn't pass. Either way, I won't run into Rush.

P.S. and if Texas continues it's path on being a third world country....

Posted by: whichwitch on March 9, 2010 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

I'm in, where do I donate...

Posted by: Scott F. on March 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Haha, that almost makes me support the corporate sell-out HCR plan.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

I have some friends who are Beck fans and concerned that HCR is socializing America, and the country would eventually go broke. They have some money, and had a family meeting to decide whether they wanted to stay in this country or leave. They talked about moving the entire group -- grandfather, grandmother, children, grandchildren to Australia. When one of the sons told me I couldn't believe it -- so I wiki'd the Australian medical system for him. It is publicly financed medicare for everyone. I am not sure where they will have to live to get away from socialized medical care, unless they stay here, but every other industrialized country has some sort of government managed health care for everyone.
We are such friggin' geniuses.

Posted by: patrick on March 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Notice, also, that he lied so easily and naturally to the caller. Limbaugh said that if this bill goes through, doctors would be forced to enter the federal program, because only the government would be doing insurance.

Limbaugh certainly knows that this isn't a bill for Single Payer. It should be. But it's far, far from it. There isn't even a public option, and that option had been so watered down, it barely covered 5-10 million Americans.

He lied. He gets paid tens of millions to lie on a daily basis. And his audience eats it up.

Only in America.

Posted by: Diomedes on March 9, 2010 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

Pass. the. Damn. Bill. Thank's for the additional incentive Rush!!!

Posted by: cm on March 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

If he wants a health care system that would be more "conservative" than the one being proposed here, he'll have to try the third world where he can buy his way out of a non-existent health care system.

Costa Rica's way too organized and interested in its people's welfare.

It's always been funny to me that when liberals get upset at the direction America's going, they talk about moving to Canada or Europe.

What do conservatives have? Saudi Arabia?

No wonder they feel like they have to defend every last little thing about America as being #1.

They've got nowhere to go if it isn't. And in their minds it's that or nothing.

Posted by: itstrue on March 9, 2010 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

On the one hand, I'd hate to inflict this bloated asshole on the good people of Costa Rica; however, if he took his own plane somebody could just "happen" to call the Costa Rican government (or the DEA) and tell them he's smuggling 100 kilos of coke and then watch how fast he gets shot down. Hopefully over shark-infested waters...

Posted by: electrolite on March 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Another thing: Imagine the nightmare this guy could put on the country's risk rating.

They'll have to raise taxes just to pay for his corpulent ass to stay alive. It could end up a diplomatic incident.

Oh yeah, never mind. He'll just buy his care a la carte, like prime rib and cheesecake. Oh to be rich.

Posted by: itstrue on March 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

Please, make sure they read this at the next Democratic caucus meeting.

Posted by: Midland on March 9, 2010 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

I hear the Oxycontin is cheaper in Costa Rica. Why wait, Rush?

Posted by: pj in jesusland on March 9, 2010 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

Why do we have to wait 5 years?

Posted by: Nothing But the Ruth on March 9, 2010 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

has anyone told dennis kucinich?

Posted by: mudwall jackson on March 9, 2010 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Judging from Rush's ample girth and lack of exercise, he won't be around in 5 years for themuch anticipated move. nature has a way of thinning the herd. Perhaps Costa Rica will agree to spread his ashes on a pomegranate plant for fertilizer. Perhaps not...

Posted by: stevio on March 9, 2010 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

What did Costa Rica ever to do to deserve El Blobbo?

Ya just GOTTA laf that Rush's answer is to go to a country with SOCIALIZED medicine.

And ya gotta ask if they sell oxycontin over the counter there.

Posted by: Sarah Barracuda on March 9, 2010 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

People! Stop! I love Costa Rica and I'd never be able to go there again. It's just not that big a country.

Anyway, the Costa Rican authorities are quite a bit harder on sex tourists preying on children than the folks in the DR are. He wouldn't last a week.

I am not sure where they will have to live to get away from socialized medical care, unless they stay here, but every other industrialized country has some sort of government managed health care for everyone.

Even South Africa finally lapped us. That's just humiliating.

Posted by: shortstop on March 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Whichwitch: You are so right about Texas being a other third world country. How about this: Let the great bloviator have texas all to himself and his boyfriends. The rest of us can safely retire in Costa Rica.

Posted by: buddym on March 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

Costa Rica is also the home of the University of Peace/Universidad para la Paz (www.upeace.net). Wonder how Mr. Limbaugh feels about being in the same country as a U.N. Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies?

Posted by: st john on March 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder, how many of Rush's conservative listeners are going to question the wisdom of Limbaugh fleeing the United States converting to a 'socialized' health care system for a nation like Costa Rica that already HAS 'socialized' health care?

And what does it say about the man's patriotism that he's more willing to flee for a foreign shore rather than stay here and fight for his cause?

Posted by: PaulW on March 9, 2010 at 8:40 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder, how many of Rush's conservative listeners are going to question the wisdom of Limbaugh fleeing the United States converting to a 'socialized' health care system for a nation like Costa Rica that already HAS 'socialized' health care?

Since none of them have any idea that CR has socialized health care and they never expose themselves to any information source that could/would tell them this, I think Rush's risk here is fairly small.

Posted by: Yet another Paul on March 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK

Plus, prostitution is legal in Costa Rica.

Posted by: md on March 9, 2010 at 11:55 PM | PERMALINK

I've called my congressman twice to get it passed since I heard about this. Sure, he's a rethug, but he might be swayed by a chance to get rid of Rushbo.

Posted by: agentS on March 10, 2010 at 2:35 AM | PERMALINK
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