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Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Health, Media, Politics, Society | 25 comments

Rush Limbaugh Says Health Care System Is Fine and He Got No Special Treatment

So Rush Limbaugh’s heart is fine (for which I am glad), but unfortunately his doctors could do nothing about the stupid, which he flaunted immediately upon his release from the hospital in Honolulu:

It was unclear when Limbaugh would return to his top-rated radio show, with 20 million listeners weekly. But he did use the news conference to take a jab at Democrats and their top policy priority — healthcare reform that aims to give coverage to 47 million uninsured Americans and lower costs.

“Based on what happened to me here, I don’t think there is one thing wrong with the American healthcare system. It is working just fine,” he said.

Limbaugh, a multimillionaire, said he got no special treatment, but the staff made his stay “almost like a hotel.”

First of all, who said there was anything wrong with the American healthcare system? It’s first rate, if you have good health insurance or, like Limbaugh, are independently wealthy.

And second:

I don’t really have to explain why this is absurd, do I? If O.J. Simpson had said, after his very expensive dream team won him an acquittal on murder charges, “The U.S. system of justice is wonderful — I got the same treatment a poor kid with a public defender would have gotten if charged with the same crime,” we’d have said he was being ridiculous. If a rich Hollywood star caught with massive amounts of powdered drugs got sentenced to ritzy rehab and probation and said, “The system works — a street junkie would have gotten the same deal,” we’d just laugh.

That’s the equivalent of what Limbaugh is saying. He’s in no position to say a poor, uninsured person would have gotten the same treatment — that’s for poor and uninsured people to say.

Hat tip to Steve Benen.