USA TODAY – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, is traveling to Canada to get hernia surgery.
Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury sustained in 2017, when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while he was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior senator with six broken ribs and a bruised lung.
He is scheduled to have the outpatient operation at the Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario before the end of January.
Shouldice Hernia Hospital markets itself as “the global leader in non-mesh hernia repair,” according to the clinic’s website.
Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said the hospital is privately owned and people come from around the globe for their services.
Paul, a Republican, often argues for private market solutions to American’s health care woes.
In Canada, medical care is publicly funded and universally provided through the country’s Provincial Ministry of Health, and everyone receives the same level of care.
Paul has called universal health care and nationalized options “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.” Read more. Image: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0
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