Rush Endorses Socialized Medicine (Accidentally)
Limbaugh's pledge on Costa Rica raises eyebrows
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2010 3:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Remember when Rush Limbaugh promised to go to Costa Rica if the Democrats’ health care reform bill passes? Well, good move Rush, because Costa Rica’s health coverage is rated as “excellent” by the American Journal of Public Health, and its life expectancy is second only to Canada in the Western hemisphere. There’s just one problem, Bloomberg notes: It’s one of the longest-standing government-run systems in Latin America.

Private health insurance is "virtually non-existent" there, says the Journal. “Perhaps Rush Limbaugh is not aware of the very nature of this system,” said one medical researcher. Limbaugh has since clarified that he wouldn’t move to Costa Rica if reform passed, only go there when he needed health care, using American-run private clinics there. The problem? Those clinics focus almost entirely on dental work and plastic surgery.