I’m sorry to report, Canada, that Rand Paul, the nutty libertarian son of the crazy uncle of the American Right, isn’t the only politician to stumble into a controversy for getting repairs at the Shouldice Hernia Hospital.
We’ll get to that in a minute, but first there’s a backstory.
According to the younger Dr. Paul, Republican Senator of Kentucky and an eye surgeon who obviously doesn’t get along with his neighbour, universal public health care is sort of like slavery. Only much worse, actually, because not only do hospital janitors get enslaved, but well-heeled ophthalmologists like him, too! This happens whenever the hoi polloi get a right to health care, as in Cuba, Europe or, erm, Canada.
Don’t ask me! I don’t make this stuff up. I got this right out of Newsweek, a respectable legacy media publication if ever there was one. And not, repeat not, fake news on Facebook!
Sen. Paul says he has a hernia because he got in a fight with his next-door neighbour, a retired physician, over where the grass clippings were supposed to go. (I’m still not making this up.) This happened in their upscale neighbourhood in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Senator claims something gave way at the moment his neighbour tackled him.
As an aside, this may not sound as crazy to Canadians as it does to our American cousins. Canadian…