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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Buffett’s sister, Limbaugh differ on state of U.S. health care – Omaha World Herald

Published Sunday January 17, 2010
Warren Watch: Buffett’s sister, Limbaugh differ on state of U.S. health care

By Steve Jordon
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Rush Limbaugh has no problems with U.S. medical care, but Warren Buffett’s sister says many people aren’t so lucky.

Doris Buffett, whose Sunshine Lady Foundation gave $10.4 million in contributions in 2008 to a wide range of charities, was interviewed by Davidson College of Charlotte, N.C., one of 15 colleges where she supports classes on philanthropy to give students firsthand experience with the process of making wise donations.

She told the college’s interviewer that among other purposes, her donations go toward education and to groups that help battered women and people who need financial help because of illness.
The financial struggles resulting from having illnesses “are just unbelievable, that people did nothing to instigate themselves,” she said. “They just have a terrible time, that’s all there is to it. They can’t get the help, despite what Rush Limbaugh said the other day.

“He said he got wonderful care, there’s nothing wrong with the medical system in the United States. Well, I beg to differ.”

Limbaugh, a conservative radio talk-show host who opposes the health care legislation being debated in Congress, spent a night in a hospital in Hawaii last month after suffering chest pains. At a press conference Jan. 1 when he was released, he said:

“The treatment I received here was the best that the world has to offer. 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.”

Doris Buffett said she hopes the philanthropy classes leave students with “the urge to do things for people all their life. Where they see the need, fulfill it. To do something, to be an activist, and social justice. Just helping people who need help.

“The basis of every religion is, ‘Do ye unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”

Contact the writer:
444-1080, steve.jordon@owh.com