While leaving a Hawaii hospital that he was admitted to for chest pains, Rush Limbaugh used himself as an example of why the health care system does not need reformed. Limbaugh said that the healthcare system works, “just fine and dandy,” but the Hawaii system is the model for the Democratic reform plan, and the hospital is unionized. Limbaugh has cluelessly endorsed socialized medicine and unionization.
Here is the video of Limbaugh:
Limbaugh said, “The people here at Queens Hospital could not have been better. I feel very, very fortunate. I have been treated to the best healthcare the world has to offer, and that is right here in the United States of America.”Later Limbaugh added, “”Based on what happened to me here, I don’t think there is one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine, just dandy…”
It was the SEIU Blog which pointed out that Limbaugh was actually praising Hawaii’s healthcare system which is one of the most socialized systems in the US, “Since 1974, Hawaii has required all employers to provide quality health care benefits to any employee who works 20 hours a week or more. Because of Hawaii’s increased coverage, reports theNew York Times, ‘hospital and insurance executives in Hawaii say they have been able to innovate efficiencies.'”
On top of this the staff at the hospital that Limbaugh was admitted to is unionized. As the SEIU pointed out, “All private-sector acute care hospital RNs are organized, with just two known exceptions. We’re guessing this might have something to do with why Limbaugh found the Hawaii hospital staff’s work so ‘confidence-inspiring.’
Once again, Limbaugh has opened his mouth and inserted his foot. It seems that socialized medicine wasn’t so bad, when it benefited him. As the man himself pointed out, he got no special treatment from the hospital due to his status or wealth, so much his argument about the rationing of care.
Without even being conscious of it, Limbaugh has made himself a bright shining example of what unionized hospitals and socialized medicine can do, and I am sure that the pro-reform forces appreciate it.