Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Sen. Rand Paul Has Upcoming Surgery in Canada

Sen. Rand Paul Has Upcoming Surgery in Canada

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is traveling to Canada for hernia surgery, according to a court filing from his attorneys.

Information about the surgery, scheduled for January 21, was revealed in court papers in Paul's civil lawsuit against neighbor Rene Boucher, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

The hospital's website says: "For over 70 years, we have been the only licensed hospital in the world dedicated to repairing hernias".

Canada has a nationalized healthcare system.

A Paul spokeswoman didn't immediately explain why Paul is having the surgery in Canada, where medical care is publicly funded and universally provided.

Shouldice Hospital, in Thornhill, Ont., is dedicated exclusively to care for hernias, according to its website.

Paul is suing Boucher civilly for past and future pain and suffering. It's privately owned, but "almost all of its work" is done under contract with the Ontario government, according to the Globe and Mail, and it accepts Ontario's Hospital Insurance Plan, which is part of the nation's public health care system, the Courier-Journal reported. During Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, Paul derided what he called socialized medicine and the need for the marketplace in healthcare. "With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies", said Paul during a debate with Senator Bernie Sanders during the spring of 2011. It means you believe in slavery. "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".

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