“On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke. Early this morning the Senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful. Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator’s recovery over the weeks ahead.”
I wish Senator Kirk a fast recovery and to stay healthy for a long time, as we (Jews) say – till 120 years old.
I could not help but think about how lucky the Senator is to have health insurance that covers all these expenses, that he and his family do not have to think about the bill after his hospital stay and subsequent rehabilitation expenses. I also understand that our representatives are covered not just when they are serving in the US Congress but also after they retire from public service. They are, after all, very important people.
I can’t help but ask, and who am I, why I cannot have such a basic human right – not to worry about how to pay if a family member or I get sick?
So, dear Senator Kirk, maybe after you get back to work, you will reconsider your statement: “Romney will cut spending, repeal the health care law and restore private sector economic growth. He is a foreign policy hawk who will stand up to Iran,” Kirk said in a statement prepared in advance of his endorsement and provided by his political operation.
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