Rick Ungar of True/Slant thinks so and his case is compelling.
First, this quote from Rush after his visit (via USA Today):
I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. I got no special treatment other than what anybody else that would have called 911 and had been brought in with the same kinds of symptoms.
Then Ungar notes why this is significant…
Limbaugh was actually right. He was telling the truth when he said he did not receive special treatment because, since 1974 when mandated health insurance was instituted in Hawaii, pretty much everyone in Hawaii has the same health care availability afforded to Rush.
It turns out that Limbaugh has not been keeping up with his current events. If he had, he might have known he was lavishing praise on the most socialistic medical system in the United States.
Not only is Hawaii the closest thing to a socialist health care system in the nation, it was actually the model for the Clinton Administration’s failed effort to institute universal health coverage back in the early 1990’s. Despite the fact that the state has the highest costs in the country for just about everything – due to the necessity of shipping everything to the islands from the mainland- Hawaiian comprehensive health insurance comes with some of the smallest co-pays and premium charges in the country. What’s more, the costs per Medicare beneficiary is the lowest in the United States.
Be looking for Limbaugh to endorse the Dems’ health care bill any day now. 🙂