Later this month, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will go to Canada in order to benefit from their socialized medicine, which he has called “slavery” in the past, for his hernia surgery.
According to The Courier-Journal, Paul's surgery is related to a 2017 injury sustained when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him. Paul was left with six broken ribs and a bruised lung.
While Paul often argues for private market solutions for American healthcare, Canadian medical care is publically funded and universally provided. Everyone receives the same care.
While some may judge Paul’s actions as hypocritical, Paul’s spokesperson, Kelsey Cooper, shares a different point of view. She says, “this is a private, world renowned hospital separate from any system and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services.”
In 2011, Paul compared universal health care to slavery. He said: “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.”