GOP Senator having surgery done in Canada - says he can't find good healthcare is U.S.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is going to Canada to have hernia surgery because he can't find good enough healthcare here in the United States.
He is looking to receive treatment for an injury he sustained when he was attacked at his home in late 2017 in Kentucky, The Courier-Journal reported.
Kentucky is a pretty far way from Canada. It's unclear why he has to go all the way up there to get it treated.
Kelsey Cooper, a spokesperson for Paul, told The Hill that Paul is choosing a Canadian hospital because it's a "world renowned hospital."
“This is a private, world renowned hospital separate from any system and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services," Cooper said in a statement.
Also - the hospital Paul is going to is "the only licensed hospital in the world dedicated to repairing hernias." He doesn't have to go there but feels better given their credentials?
That's great. There's really no problem with him doing that, except for one minor little thing: Republicans have said for the longest time that America's healthcare system is the best in the world, and not only that, but they have lambasted Canada's social healthcare system. They also repeatedly continue to push the belief that socialized medicine like theirs is a disaster, arguing longer wait times, and less successful outcomes.
It was an argument they used frequently to attack Obamacare. But, one of their most vocal senators is now going to Canada for surgery?
It just doesn't add up.
Paul once compared having a right to healthcare as "slavery."
“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care ... It means you believe in slavery," Paul said in 2011. "You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery.”