He is known for being one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine and he’s heading north of the border for surgery this month.
Oh, the irony: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery.
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) January 14, 2019
The surgery is to treat injuries Paul suffered when his neighbour, Rene Boucher, attacked him while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home in 2017.
The incident was spurred by a collection of tree trimmings and other yard waste that collected in Paul’s yard near the property line his home shares with Boucher in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, according to court documents.
According to reports, the incident left Paul with six broken ribs and a bruised lung, which led to him contracting pneumonia.
In the past, Paul has linked universal health care to slavery. “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.
“I am a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses… You are basically saying you believe in slavery.”