Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who opposes socialized medicine and the concept of health care as a fundamental human right, will travel to Canada for surgery later this month.
Paul was attacked by a neighbor in 2017 while mowing his lawn, resulting in six broken ribs and a bruised lung.
The Courier Journal reported on Monday that Paul will be receiving treatment at Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, which tout itself as “the global leader in non-mesh hernia repair,” late next week.”
“While Shouldice Hernia Hospital is privately owned -” the Courier Journal wrote, “like many Canadian hospitals — it receives a majority of its funding from the Ontario government and accepts the Ontario’s Hospital Insurance Plan.”
The facility also accepts payments via credit card, cash, and checks. Paul’s procedure will cost $4,000 – $8,000.
Paul has equated universal health care to “slavery,” among other things.
“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.”
Despite the pretty obvious hypocrisy, Paul’s spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper told the Courier Journal:
“This is more fake news on a story that has been terribly reported from day one — this is a private, world-renowned hospital separate from any system and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services.”
Paul is getting understandably dragged on Twitter.
Rand Paul: "universal single-payer health care would be disastrous."
Also Rand Paul: "I'm going to have my surgery in Canada." https://t.co/Vqo6bRZyXy
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 14, 2019
Rand Paul: socialized medicine is slavery
also Rand Paul: i would rather slaves operate on me, here's some money.
— pleasing taste. some monsterism. 🇺🇦 (@thepavel) January 14, 2019
"Hypocrisy always reveals the lies." RJ Evans, American Heathen
— SocioPentothal (@SocioPentothal) January 14, 2019
Don't believe his spin about it being a private hospital either, OHIP (Ontario's health insurance plan) covers every Ontarian's surgery at this hospital. We just walk out without a bill when we are done.
— Jackie (@Jackstar009) January 14, 2019
So much for Paul’s fears about socialized medicine.
Oh, but what about those scary long cues you were warning Americans about in Canada Rand Paul? When push comes to shove Canadian medicine is a sure cure for the most ardent Republican against #MedicareForAll. #Irony #ButHerEmails #ButSheIsFemale #GiveEmHealthCareHillary #GOP @DNC
— Woman Voter (@WomanVote) January 14, 2019
And prior to the midterms, ‘We support the protection of pre-existing conditions’. He and all of the GOP lied when they said that in a ploy to garner midterm votes. Boldly. Openly. Lied.
— Jim (@CommentOnTWLB) January 14, 2019
Reminds me of Ted Cruz signing up for Obamacare when he was running for president since his wife stopped working and he was no longer covered under her plan. Total hypocrisy
— Eileen Ellis (@ahangingthread) January 14, 2019
The irony is rich.
What does this say about our for-profit health care system, which Paul so vehemently defends?
If that’s not a statement on the current American health care system I don’t know what is.
— Dingle Berry (@GigglingDingle) January 14, 2019
So… No one in the US could perform a hernia surgery? That would be the only reason to go to Canada for Sen. Paul.
— Lucas (@owlberightback) January 14, 2019
Off to get good care in Canada
— gina kelly (@ginakel77273852) January 14, 2019
Gonna go get some of that socialized healthcare eh?
— Tim Giles (@TimGiles01) January 14, 2019
I thought that Canada has extensive waiting lists, is medically inferior, and, (wait for it…) SOCIALIST.
Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of….
— Covfefe LePew (@RinzenLhamo) January 14, 2019
In Canada?? Does he not trust our healthcare??
— melimarie (@Molissamarie) January 14, 2019
Prior to his election to the Senate, Paul was an opthamologist, so this comment takes the crown:
He’s there for a for a second “hypocritical” oath
— Omar (@OmarF2014) January 14, 2019
Shocked, I tell you. Shocked.