“If Democrats didn’t have all the incentive they needed to pass health care reform already, then conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh may have provided the final push they needed by vowing to flee the country if the reform bill is passed.”

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“It is not clear if Limbaugh was making a joke, if he was saying he would leaving the country permanently, or if he was saying he would leave just for health care.”

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“I’ve had all kinds of reporters: ‘Are you serious? Do you really mean this?’ So I’ve had to patiently explain today to people who do not bother to stay informed on this stuff what the genesis and the primary context of my comment was. I said, ‘Look, there are insurance companies who don’t want to be put out of business.’ We’ve talked to them on the program. I’ve talked to them privately. They are establishing health care clinics with quality doctors in places like Costa Rica. They’re going to continue to sell policies to people who have the ability to fly down there and get treatment. If I have to get thrown into this massive government health care insurance business and end up going to the driver’s license office every day when I need to go to the doctor, yeah, I’ll go to Costa Rica for treatment, not move there…

“You know, I am in such hot water now. People in New Zealand are sending me e-mails: ‘How come you’re not coming here? You’ve been telling everybody you’re moving to New Zealand and now you’re saying you’re going to Costa Rica.’ I did not say I’m going to Costa Rica. The stupid people in the media who cannot trouble themselves to read my transcripts or listen to this program, listen to out of context stuff.”