Obama loyalist slams Trump’s physician, falsely says ‘no doctor can predict someone’s future health’
| Helen Murphy, PEOPLE, Feb 11, 2019 – A former Obama administration health official is speaking out against a new report from President Trump‘s White House physician.
After Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, reported on Friday that the president is “in very good health” and would “remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” Ronald Klain, who was appointed by former President Obama to oversee the response to the Ebola crisis, slammed Conley for what he saw as a misleading claim.
“No doctor can predict someone’s future health,” Klain wrote on Twitter on over the weekend.
[Mr. Klain is an attorney, not a doctor. The fact is that predicting peoples’ health future is a core element of healthcare today: This Test Can Predict Who Gets Alzheimer’s; How Fast You Walk Predicts Heart Disease Risk; Google Predicts When You’ll Die; 95% Accurate; DNA Test Kit Could Void Your Life Insurance; Sarah Palin Totally Nailed It On Death Panels. Every time a doctor prescribes a drug or performs a medical procedure, he is making a prediction that the patient’s health will be better with treatment than without. – Editor]
Klain continued, “this is a disgrace to an office with a great tradition of professionalism. Just another institution turned into a joke by a President determined to make anyone willing to submit an instrument of his lies.”
The report did not contain even basic information about the president’s health, including his height and weight. It also omitted any specific information on the findings, though noted that “reports and recommendations are being finalized.”
Trump’s first exam as president was in January 2018, after which former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson — who faced shocking allegations of misconduct in April 2018 after Trump nominated him for Veterans Affairs secretary — said Trump was “currently very healthy,” but “would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates, and from a routine exercise regimen.” (Jackson denied the allegations.)
The physician — who the president recently promoted — also said Trump’s cholesterol was slightly elevated, but he was prescribed Crestor to address that, and otherwise “his cardiac health is excellent.”
Like Conley’s letter from Friday, Jackson’s 2018 report was effusive and made similar large claims, saying that Trump had “incredible genes” and adding that “if [the President] had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200 years old.” Read more.