He has already decamped from New York to Florida, but radio’s most right-thinking host – Rush Limbaugh – is threatening to move to Costa Rica if health care reform is passed by Congress and goes into effect.
Limbaugh told listeners almost a year ago that he wants President Obama to fail. But now, as the health care debate heads for a climax in Congress, he seems more than ever to fear Obama’s biggest potential success.
Asked by a caller on Tuesday what he would do if health care passes, Limbaugh gave this response:
“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.”
The pasture on the other side of the fence always appears greener, but there’s a question of whether Limbaugh would be happy in Costa Rica.
Limbaugh has claimed that global warming is a hoax and plays the theme from “Born Free” before he lampoons endangered species protection.
Costa Rica has pace-setting conservation policies, set aside large national parks and become a global magnet for eco-tourism.
Costa Rica has no army, and has avoided the military coups that have seized power in other Central American and South American countries. It has elected social democrats as president.
Before you start celebrating, kids, Rushbo is already declaring that everyone who heard what he said completely misunderstood. From ALL ACCESS:
RUSH LIMBAUGH’s remark to a caller that he would go to COSTA RICA for health care if Pres. OBAMA’s health care plan passes has gotten attention from news organizations around the world, but LIMBAUGH says that the reporters misinterpreted what he said.
The remark led the HUFFINGTON POST to interpret the comment as saying that he would move to COSTA RICA rather than go there to see the doctor, an interpretation picked up by news organizations and bloggers worldwide.
On his show TODAY (3/9), LIMBAUGH responded, saying that the article’s interpretation of his comment “has been turned into I’m going to leave the country for COSTA RICA and move there if Obamacare passes.
“I said, ‘Look, there are insurance companies that 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. 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. […].”
Later, LIMBAUGH added, “You know, I am in such hot water now. People in NEW ZEALAND are sending me e-mails: ‘How come you’re not coming here? You’ve been telling everybody you’re moving to NEW ZEALAND and now you’re saying you’re going to COSTA RICA.’ I did not say I’m going to COSTA RICA. The stupid people in the media who cannot trouble themselves to read my transcripts or listen to this program, listen to out of context stuff. I was asked yesterday where will I go for health care if OBAMA’s health care passes, and I said if doctors here are not permitted to form private practice little clinics with individuals paying a fee, a retainer, and for services, then I’ll go to COSTA RICA to get major medical health care. I didn’t say I would move there. They’re all over these websites: ‘LIMBAUGH says he’d move to COSTA RICA. Why, what more incentive do we have to pass health care to get LIMBAUGH to move to COSTA RICA?’ Now, NEW ZEALAND is reading about this and they’re all bent out of shape that I’m somehow not coming there, all because of the stupid media. They are not competing for me because COSTA RICA doesn’t think I’m going to move there, which I wouldn’t. Gosh.”
Yeah, people in New Zealand are dying to have you move there. I read they have a shortage of lying bloviating pigs.