As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Rush Limbaugh was hospitalized yesterday while vacationing in Hawaii (which apparently is the new Rick’s Cafe — everybody goes there):
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh remained hospitalized in Hawaii Thursday after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack, according to the guest host on his nationally syndicated radio show.
Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital Wednesday during a vacation.
Guest host Walter E. Williams described Limbaugh’s pains as similar to the feeling of a “heart attack coming on.” But Williams said doctors haven’t confirmed whether the 58-year-old had a heart attack, and more exams were planned Thursday.
“Rush continues to rest very comfortably in a hospital in Honolulu this afternoon—actually it’s morning out there,” Williams said. “He had a comfortable night and he’s getting good medical attention.”
Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University, was already scheduled to fill in on Thursday while Limbaugh was on vacation.
No doubt Media Matters, Rush’s unofficial transcription service of all quotes real and (especially) imagined, will miss the irony of the man they imagine to be an inveterate racist having a black libertarian-conservative sit in for him, as Williams and Thomas Sowell have been doing off and on since the start of Rush’s national radio show 20 years ago.
On his homepage, Mark Steyn writes:
As many of you will know, Rush Limbaugh, a good friend to this site and a man who’s been enormously kind and generous to me, was admitted to hospital in Hawaii yesterday afternoon local time. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He’s been the indispensable man these last 20 years, and we need him back at the golden EIB microphone and fighting fit for the next 20 — for reasons Bill Bennett and I expand on here.
Meanwhile, as Ann Althouse writes, the folks who have already politicized medicine and seek to further control it, would be thrilled to see Rush denied service:
I’m impressed that it took 12 comments before anyone at Politico said that (or anything like that) after a report that Rush Limbaugh has been hospitalized with chest pains and is in “serious” condition.
ADDED: Much re-tweeted at Twitter: “The people calling for Rush Limbaugh to die are the same people who ask to control your healthcare.”
AND: Rush Limbaugh has said on his show many times that once the government runs health care, there is a threat that life-or-death decisions will be made based on politics, and people will worry that if they criticize the government or espouse the wrong opinions decisions will go against them.
In other words, death panels, to coin a phrase.