Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh took aim at a ninth grader who asked President Obama yesterday, why Iraq and Afghanistan have universal healthcare coverage, but the United States does not. Limbaugh claimed that the kid had to be a plant. Limbaugh asked, “Where does a ninth grader come up with the notion that they have universal coverage in Afghanistan and Iraq?”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
The question that enraged Limbaugh was, “Hi, my name is Sean. And my question is, currently 36 countries have universal health coverage, including Iraq and Afghanistan, which have it paid for by the United States. Why can’t the United States have universal health coverage?”
Limbaugh said, “Now if this question isn’t a plant, I don’t know what is. This is yesterday in a Q&A before Obama gave his speech to his young skulls full of mush at the Wakefield High School. He spoke with the ninth graders there….You tell me if this question isn’t a plant, I don’t know what is…Now where does a high school ninth grader come up with the notion that they have universal health coverage in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He continued, “That’s some leftist drivel that a teacher is pumping into their heads. Can you imagine the president of the United States asked by a ninth grader how come our healthcare is not as good as it in Afghanistan? How come our healthcare is not as good as in Iraq, as though universal coverage equals good healthcare?”
Um Rush, in 2004, the Bush administration spent $950 million to establish a universal healthcare system in Iraq. Afghanistan also has universal healthcare. This isn’t leftist drivel. It is a fact. Even worse, the same people who oppose universal healthcare here in the U.S. spent $950 M to set up a universal system in Iraq.
First of all, the student never said that a universal system was better. He just asked why we didn’t have it. Secondly, this incident proves once again that Rush Limbaugh is not smarter than a ninth grader. Limbaugh doesn’t understand that a high school kid would know, but this after a quick Google search, anyone can know this.
The student was not a plant. Maybe he is an intelligent kid who is interested in politics. Maybe he and his family talk about the news at home, or maybe he knows someone who doesn’t have health insurance. These are all more logical possibilities than the kid’s question being a plant. As usual, Limbaugh is more interested in misinformation than facts.