Rushing to Universal Coverage

Last year, before Rush Limbaugh pledged to emigrate to the jewel of Central America, I lived and worked In Costa Rica for six months. I quickly learned that the “Caja” is the government health-care plan most Costa Ricans use. I asked my boss one day in my first couple weeks, “I’m not yet paying into the Caja, what happens if I get run over by a car or something? I don’t have insurance.” She was a bit incredulous. “Of course you’d be taken care of,” she said. “What, if you get hurt really badly, you think they’re going to kick you out? That’s why we have hospitals.” Actually, yes, being from the United States, that was a major concern. Like Jim Hightower says in his OtherWords column, Costa Rica’s health-care is system is universal. It’s great to know that Rush Limbaugh’s smart enough to know the value of getting universal care.