Sen. Rand Paul Has Upcoming Surgery in Canada

Sen. Rand Paul Has Upcoming Surgery in Canada

One of socialized medicine's biggest critics is about to get some first-hand experience in how it works.

While the US and Canada are often portrayed as having opposing health systems - one private, one public, the reality is more nuanced.

Paul's surgery was noted in documents from the civil lawsuit against Boucher filed in court.

According to Paul, the surgery - which will cost as much as $8,000 - is linked to injuries he suffered in 2017 when Boucher attacked him as he mowed his lawn. Canada also offers some for-profit services, while the USA has federal health insurance programs.

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The choice to undergo treatment in Canada-where health care is publicly funded and universally provided-is ironic considering Paul, a Republican, is a staunch opponent of Obamacare and champions free-market principals.

The hernia procedure is estimated to cost $5,000 to $8,000 USA, the court document said. Boucher has said the attack was triggered by Paul stacking debris near their property line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and that he "lost his temper".

According to reports, the incident left Paul with six broken ribs and a bruised lung, which led to him contracting pneumonia. Boucher pleaded guilty a year ago to attacking Paul in a dispute over yard care and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence, saying 21-months would have been appropriate.

Boucher tackled Paul in an attack that a medical expert said is comparable to chest trauma that would be seen in a 25 miles per hour auto crash, according to a court document filed by Paul's attorney.

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