Ardent foe of socialized medicine Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Is planning to undergo hernia surgery this month in Canada, where medical care is publicly funded and universally provided.
Paul, who is not covered by the Canadian health care system, will pay out of pocket for the operation, an aide customs policy. The surgery is set to take place at Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Ontario, a "world renowned hospital," the senator's spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said.
Information about the surgery, scheduled for Jan. 21
Shouldice Hernia Hospital markets itself as a "global leader" in hernia repair, according to its website. 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 the accepts Ontario's Hospital Insurance Plan, which is part of the nation's public health care system, the Courier Journal reported
Cooper was furious about media coverage of the surgery, blasting it as "fake news."
"This is more of a news story that has been reportedly reported from day one," she wrote in an interview. email to the Courier Journal. “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 has called universal health care "slavery" because it would "conscript" doctors and their staff members to provide care.
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