Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) announced he will be spending the August recess of Congress recovering from minor surgery stemming from the incident in 2017 in which he was attacked by his neighbor. It’s a good thing Sen. Paul has great insurance — insurance provided by the federal government.
“Unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities,” Paul tweeted Monday. “Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend.”
Unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities. Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend. The doctors, nurses, & staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 5, 2019
Paul also got his initial surgery in Canada, a country that has the universal government-sponsored healthcare that Paul decries.
Paul will miss the kinds of constituent activities common during Congressional recesses, like town hall meetings, where he certainly would be asked about issues like his opposition to legislation that gave 9/11 first responders healthcare coverage, or his storied opposition to Medicare at all let alone Medicare for All. This history is especially stark in contrast to the excellent health plan Paul has as a U.S. Senator.
The health plan afforded to members of Congress comes in the form of a gold-tier Obamacare plan, of which the Senator or Congressman only pays 28% — the rest is covered by the government. They also qualify for free or low-cost care from the Office of the Attending Physician and at D.C.-area military medical facilities.
But he’s not keen on government’s involvement in other people’s healthcare, saying to support a fundamental right to healthcare is akin to slavery.
“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care … 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,” Paul said.
And he’s concerned about how Congress is going to fund the healthcare of 9/11 first responders.
At least it’ll be easier to dodge questions about his policy positions this month.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.