U.S. sen­a­tor to have her­nia op in Canada

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LOUISVILLE, KY. • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul plans to un­dergo her­nia surgery at a pri­vate hospi­tal in Canada be­cause of in­juries he suf­fered when a neigh­bour tack­led him while he was do­ing yard work at his Ken­tucky home.The Repub­li­can law­maker is sched­uled to cross the bor­der for out­pa­tient surgery sched­uled some­time dur­ing the week of Jan. 21 at a hospi­tal in Thorn­hill, Ont., his at­tor­neys said in a re­cent fil­ing in Paul’s law­suit against Rene Boucher, who at­tacked Paul while the sen­a­tor was do­ing yard work.The surgery is re­lated to the 2017 at­tack, the court doc­u­ment says. Boucher pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing a mem­ber of Congress and was sen­tenced to 30 days in prison. Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors are ap­peal­ing the sen­tence, say­ing 21-months would have been ap­pro­pri­ate.Paul is sched­uled for surgery at Shouldice Hospi­tal, which touts it­self as a world leader in “non-mesh her­nia re­pair.”“This is a pri­vate, world-renowned hospi­tal sep­a­rate from any sys­tem and peo­ple come from around the world to pay cash for their ser­vices,” Paul spokes­woman Kelsey Cooper said in an email Mon­day.In choos­ing Shouldice, Paul will re­ceive care in a coun­try that of­fers its cit­i­zens a pub­licly funded, uni­ver­sal health care sys­tem that runs counter to Paul’s ap­proach to Amer­i­can health care pol­icy. Paul, who ran for pres­i­dent in 2016, touts pri­vate-mar­ket ap­proaches for U.S. health care prob­lems.Paul’s chief strate­gist, Doug Stafford, pointed to Shouldice Hospi­tal’s pri­vate sta­tus in push­ing back against me­dia re­ports about the sen­a­tor go­ing to Canada for treat­ment. “It’s lit­er­ally the op­po­site of so­cial­ized medicine,” he tweeted.The her­nia pro­ce­dure is es­ti­mated to cost $5,000 to $8,000, the court doc­u­ment said.Paul suf­fered mul­ti­ple bro­ken ribs in the in­ci­dent. Boucher has said the at­tack was trig­gered by Paul stack­ing de­bris near their prop­erty line in Bowl­ing Green, Ky., and that he “lost his tem­per.”Paul sued Boucher last year seek­ing dam­ages for phys­i­cal pain and men­tal suf­fer­ing from the at­tack. A jury trial is sched­uled to be­gin this month in Bowl­ing Green.“Af­ter pre­sent­ing our ev­i­dence to the court and jury, we will ask the jury to care­fully con­sider all ev­i­dence and to make a fair al­lowance based upon the en­tirety of the facts and cir­cum­stances re­lated to this at­tack and plain­tiff’s in­juries,” Paul’s at­tor­neys said in the fil­ing.Boucher’s at­tor­ney, Matt Baker, said Mon­day that “we’re in the process of get­ting ready for trial.”Baker said that Boucher has made a $30,000 of­fer of judg­ment to Paul.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will travel to On­tario to un­dergo surgery this month be­cause of in­juries he suf­fered when a neigh­bour tack­led him in 2017.

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