It’s Now 2015 – Is Rush Limbaugh Finally Moving To Costa Rica?

If you remember, in 2010 Rush Limbaugh said that if Obamacare was implemented and still around in 2015, he would move to Costa Rica:

“If [Obamacare] 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.”

Well it has been five years, and Obamacare has passed and has been implemented. So should we get our hopes up, or was Limbaugh (not surprisingly) lying? A little while after making the statement on his show, Limbaugh, in a segment, claimed that he was of course kidding:

“So a guy calls up and says, ‘If all this happens, what are you going to do?’ And I said, ‘Well, if doctors are not permitted to opt out of the government insurance pool and so forth, Medicare, Medicaid, whatever it is, and if they’re not allowed to establish a private practice with private sector patients paying their own way, then I’ll go to Costa Rica.’

“Well, that has been turned into I’m going to leave the country for Costa Rica and move there if Obamacare passes. I’ve had all kinds of reporters: ‘Are you serious? Do you really mean this?’ So I’ve had to patiently explain today to people who do not bother to stay informed on this stuff what the genesis and the primary context of my comment was. I said, ‘Look, there are insurance companies who don’t want to be put out of business.’ We’ve talked to them on the program. I’ve talked to them privately. They are establishing health care clinics with quality doctors in places like Costa Rica.”

So Limbaugh says he was just kidding. But I still think he should go with his original claim, and move to Costa Rica.

It’s surprising that Limbaugh would use Costa Rica as his example in comparing healthcare systems. He talked very highly of Costa Rica’s healthcare system, saying:

“They are establishing health care clinics with quality doctors in places like Costa Rica. They’re going to continue to sell policies to people who have the ability to fly down there and get treatment. If I have to get thrown into this massive government health care insurance business and end up going to the driver’s license office every day when I need to go to the doctor, yeah, I’ll go to Costa Rica for treatment, not move there.”

Here’s the kicker: Costa Rica’s healthcare system is more “socialist” than that of the United States. No wonder Limbaugh would want to go there. Maybe he can stay here in America and the rest of us can go get more¬†affordable healthcare in Costa Rica.