Socialism Hating Republican Senator Rand Paul Going To Canada For Hernia Surgery

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ne of socialized medicine’s biggest critics is about to get some first-hand experience in how it works.

The Louisville Courier Journal reports that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a libertarian who in the past has compared Canadian-style single-payer health care systems to “slavery,” will be travelling to Canada later this month to get surgery on a hernia.

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The Courier-Journal discovered that Paul is scheduled to have a hernia operation at the Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario next week, according to documents filed in the senator’s civil lawsuit against a neighbor who attacked him last year and left him with six broken ribs and a bruised lung.

Paul, who is himself a former ophthalmologist, has regularly attacked Democratic proposals to ensure universal health care, whether they take a more market-based approach like former President Barack Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act or whether they aim for a Canada-style system like Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) proposed Medicare for All bill.

“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care… It means you believe in slavery,” Paul said back 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.”

Paul’s office so far has not responded to requests from the Courier-Journal for comment.

Socialism-hating GOP Senator Rand Paul is going to Canada to get hernia surgery: report

No doubt with US taxpayer funded travel and lodging.
 
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The Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario is a private for profit hospital that has nothing to do with socialized medicine.
 
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So...what possible reason could he be going Canada for hernia surgery? It's not as if its particularly difficult surgery. As far as I know, its not even that expensive. It'll be interesting to hear the reason.
 
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UH OH the OP is a lie. This is a private hospital... (US Style)... Strange the US style Private not the NHS hospital is the leading in care in Canada? They perfected a technique for repairing hernias.

Shouldice was founded in 1945 by Dr. Earle Shouldice.[1][2] While private hospitals are not allowed under Ontario's Private Hospitals Act,[2] Shouldice is one of seven private hospitals in the province grandfathered under the Act.[2] The hospital has been continuously family run from its inception.

Everything in the hospital is designed toward hernia repair.[1] Shouldice's rooms do not have telephones or televisions, which it says is to encourage patients to walk around while recovering.[1] The hospital is laid out like a "country club."[3] According to the hospital, it has the lowest rate of complications and recurrences of hernias in the world.[2] The success of its method has been cited to the fact that Shouldice surgeons solely do hernia operations.[4]


wow did the OP miss it's intended mark..
 
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UH OH the OP is a lie. This is a private hospital... (US Style) these places were put in place to save the lives of Canadians that the NHS says you should suffer and die.. Doctors at this PRIVATE hospital decided.. THAT THEIR fellow Canadians deserved the level of Healthare we have in the US the best in the world.
So he's going to Canada to get US healthcare?

And he's going to pay out of pocket instead of using his taxpayer provided coverage?

For a simple surgical procedure that usually sends the patient home same day?

Right.
 
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So...what possible reason could he be going Canada for hernia surgery? It's not as if its particularly difficult surgery. As far as I know, its not even that expensive. It'll be interesting to hear the reason.
See post #5 Privacy and PRIVATE CARE SUCCESS RATE.
 
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Canadian health care is private, it's Canadian health insurance that is single payer.
After all the bloviating about our system vs the Canadian system, I figured people might know that....I was wrong.
 
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Canadian health care is private, it's Canadian health insurance that is single payer.
After all the bloviating about our system vs the Canadian system, I figured people might know that....I was wrong.
I think the point being made is why in the world would Paul go to Canada for a simple surgery, if the US has a better system? It seems very odd on its face. Hernia surgery is pretty easy. I'm pretty sure he could get what he needs here easily. So...why Canada? Maybe he wants to take a vacation in Toronto after?
 
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