Rand Paul Defends Getting Hernia Surgery in Canada: I Will Have to Pay Cash, That’s Capitalism


Still having injuries from his neighbor attacking him in his front lawn, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) defended his decision to have hernia surgery in Canada instead of the United States.

News of the surgery happening in a country with socialized medicine was met with mockery.

Paul defended the decision because the clinic is actually one of the few for-profit hospitals in the country.

“I have had a tough year, I had six broken ribs, three of them, broken and then separated so would ground upon each other for months until they healed. I had pneumonia twice in, I had fluid around my lung, and now I have a hernia that has to be repaired from this,” Paul explained to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.

Paul said he wanted to go to a clinic that has done a large number of hernia related surgeries.

“It actually is very competitive in the free marketplace privately owned hospital, what I will pay, and I will have to pay cash, it’s not about socialized medicine because I’m paying cash, that’s capitalism,” he continued, saying the price will be about a half to a third of what the insurance will pay.

Watch above, via Fox Business.

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for Townhall.com and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.