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Rush Limbaugh: I'm A-Okay!

1/1/2010 6:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh just addressed the media in Hawaii where he told reporters he did undergo an angiogram, but he's doing just fine.

He did not suffer a heart attack or any kind of coronary episode and test show nothing wrong.

Limbaugh was hospitalized Wednesday night after experiencing chest pains.

Limbaugh made it a point to thank the staff of the hotel he was staying at, the Kahala Hotel and Resort, and he proclaimed (several times) the U.S. has the best health care service in the world.

He called the outpouring of support from fans very "humbling."

We're told after the press conference, Rush went back to his room at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

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106.

Fashionlessssss    

Whether you like someone or not wishing bad things like bad health or death on someone will only come back to bite YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE, it's called KARMA! Then you'll be crying big time because you're having chest pains, sweating, throwing up and scared out of your wits and nobody will listen to you. It's not a pretty picture.

If more people were responsible they wouldn't spend money on cars, video games/machines, booze and drugs, etc. they would buy their own health insurance and NOT RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT TO BABYSIT YOU!

1734 days ago
107.

#7    

He wouldn't have to worry about health care...$$$$$$
He would say the U.S. has the best health care system!
So would I if I had millions!!

1734 days ago
108.

J C    

Wow .Look at all the hate from the left wing.
Wishing death and pain on Rush and anyone who disagrees with them.
Shows what they're all about.
Traditional Americans ,what the left wing media berates as the right wing nowadays are much more decent law abiding,caring ,normal people.

1734 days ago
109.

CB    

Probably all that hot air built up. He was humbled by the comments from far right conservatives, but if he had read the comments by the real people, I don't think he would have been so humbled.

1734 days ago
110.

linda    

Love ya Rush, give em hell. They hate you cause you tell the truth the liberals would rather have someone like Harry Reed (uck)

1734 days ago
111.

Stanley Loney    

Good Rush and Get well Quick and get the f'n liberal and democrats back in their kiss butt holes. They are a blight on our country. It is really funny everyone I know has good health insurance and those that don't are usually laying around on ther ass whinning about more welfare. Notice how fat most of those welfare receipetients are. get well rush.

1734 days ago
112.

stop the madness    

It was either white powder or blue pills.

1734 days ago
113.

mugadoon    

Not all liberals wish ill on Rush, just stupid people. Just like not all Conservatives wished that Obama would get cancer and die or get assassinated, just stupid people. People need to stop labeling everyone together, because the labels just don't work. The way I see it, there is no difference between "bleeding heart liberals" and "right wing conservatives"- they don't want to listen to anyone's viewpoints other than their own and wish hateful things on people that don't think their way. That leaves those of us COMMON SENSE people stuck in the middle to actually muddle through the hate and mis-information and get the work of the Country done. Unfortunately, there are too many outlets on the internet for the hate mongers and they are the ones who make news!

1734 days ago
114.

disturbed    

I don't believe in wishing death on anyone.
But I've seen commenters on TMZ wish death to various people before.
How come all of a sudden it's wrong and people are jumping up and down because it's being done to your beloved Rush?

That seems hypocritical to me.

1734 days ago
115.

Tiger Tale    

Bwahaha!!!

Rush is back and this year, he is taking down the bronze god in the White House. My prediction for 2010: Obama becomes a "teachable" moment in the failure of Marxism.

1734 days ago
116.

dustbin larry    

Aww too bad.. wishful thinking.

1734 days ago
117.

jwoolman    

I'm glad he's okay, but that bit about how the US health care system is the greatest is based on a rather "selective" view of reality. He can feel that way because he makes so much money, any medical insurance premium is a drop in the bucket for him rather than the 22% to 36% of my income that goes toward that premium every month right now. He can afford to call an ambulance in case of chest pains because he doesn't have to worry about the cost (my one and only 10 minute ambulance ride cost me $700, which is nothing to him but a big deal to me). He doesn't have to worry about the deductible either (mine is now $5000 to try to keep the premium down a little, which I don't have and will have to borrow at usurious rates from a credit card if anything drastic enough happens for me to go to a doctor or - heaven forbid - a hospital). Rush Limbaugh doesn't have to worry about an Emergency Room ripping through thousands of dollars in a few minutes.

Advanced technology is irrelevant if most of us can't really afford decent medical care for even simple conditions and risk bankruptcy from medical bills. We're creamed by both the for-profit insurance companies (who gouge us more and more as we get older, for instance, unheard of in saner companies with real national systems) and by the grossly inflated medical costs in this country (including for unnecessary tests done to get the sick and injured to pay for all the fancy technology even if not needed for their case and to avoid litigation, which is connected with average Americans' quite legitimate fears of running out of money for medical care...)

A French blogger was sneering at Americans' high credit card debt, not realizing that unlike the French - we don't have an excellent health care system accessible to everybody (not just Rush Limbaugh) for only 5% of our income, copays that are ridiculously tiny because of tightly regulated medical costs, supplemental private insurance at very reasonable rates because the government plan is the competition, laws that keep people from being evicted easily during tough times (can't toss anybody out into the snow in France), etc. etc. etc. People in France with chronic conditions or who are unemployed don't lose their medical insurance, either - they go on the zero copay list for the duration, along with everybody above a certain age (no gouging of the elderly).

Many other countries have similar systems - the Australians only pay 2% of their income for theirs, for instance. People in those countries are not afraid to go to a hospital or even a doctor. The whole idea of going into massive debt for medical care is barbaric to people around the world who came up with sensible tax-based systems decades ago.

In contrast, most US credit debt comes from two sources: medical expenses not paid for by insurance (yes, including for people who are insured - my bill breakdowns from the insurance company after an emergency, involuntary hospital stay were riddled with "priced too high for the region" and "not medically necessary" so I had to pay considerably more than my deductible, plus $400 for prescription antibiotics later) account for about 1/2 the credit card debt, at least 1/4 more is due to prolonged unemployment or underemployment (trying to avoid eviction or foreclosure, for instance), and a lot of the rest is due to other non-delayable emergencies.

Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, just has to write a check without a second thought.

1734 days ago
118.

Kate    

Yeah, we have the best health care in the world.... if you have the income to buy it, because health care is after, is sold as a commodity in the US...

"The United States ranks 43rd in lowest infant mortality rate, down from 12th in 1960 and 21st in 1990. Singapore has the lowest rate with 2.3 deaths per 1000 live births, while the United States has a rate of 6.3 deaths per 1000 live births. Some of the other 42 nations that have a lower infant mortality rate than the US include Hong Kong, Slovenia, and Cuba. "

Source: CIA Factbook (2008)

"Life expectancy at birth in the US is an average of 78.14 years,
which ranks 47th in highest total life expectancy compared to other countries.

Source: CIA Factbook (2008)

"The United States spends twice as much on health care per capita
($7,129) than any other country . . . and spending continues to
increase. In 2005, the national health care expenditures totaled $2 trillion."

Source: National Center for Health Statistics

And, as for a fat, balding, middle-aged recovering addict advising ME about health care? I think I'll go with any other source BUT Rush.

And why in the world would this guy be in the hospital for a suspected heart attack?

Don't you need to have a heart in the fist place to have a heart attack?

1734 days ago
119.

TMZ_BIAS    

Funny how the same people that wish Rush would die are also the ones that have no problem killing innocent babies..I am not surprised...no wonder you are unemployed and blame it on everyone else...

1734 days ago
120.

freeperjim    

The left wing-nut socialists show (AGAIN) they have no tolerance for dissenting opinions...especially if those opinions are pro-life, pro-American & pro-Constitution.

They are filled with hate & rage toward America but absolutely love the communists who killed upwards of 200 million in the 20th century. Indeed, the left wingnut socialists show why marxism is for losers & liars (i.e. global warming scam).

1734 days ago
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