Rush (hearts) Hawaiian health care–and Obama?
Not to worry! Limbaugh the Lionheart is still okay. It’s his brain folks may have to worry about if he realizes the consequences of what he said after his hospitalization over Christmas in Hawaii (where Obama AND Pelosi were staying–hmmm…) for heartburn (or something).
“Based on what happened here to me, I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine, just dandy.”
At The New Republic, Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, explains why Rush was so happy (apart from having tons of money others don’t have):
Hawaii’s health care system is distinct from the rest of the country, in that they passed a version of health reform decades ago, in 1974. The Hawaii Pre-Paid Health Care Act includes a requirement for employers to provide health coverage to their workers. As you may know, a similar requirement on large employers is a key part of the reform now pending in Congress.
And the employer requirement seems, by and large, to have succeeded. It has increased coverage–just under 8 percent of the state’s population is uninsured, second only to Massachusetts–and access to care. At the same time, Hawaii still has some of the lowest health care costs in the nation, despite its high cost of living and without an apparent decrease in quality–as Limbaugh himself discovered…
Read the rest here.