Hillary Clinton almost certainly has things to hide where her health is concerned so don’t expect transparency or full disclosure from the Clinton campaign. That is too bad because the people of this country deserve to know whether their potential leaders are physically and mentally fit to serve.
CLINTON’S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY
But as the Washington Times reports, “Full disclosure has never been a strong suit of Hillary Clinton. From Benghazi to the email scandal to reported money-making schemes rocking the Clinton Foundation, secrecy has been the operative term rather than transparency. I can easily imagine deleted emails that referred to the heart valve or heart arrhythmia problem mentioned in Ed Klein’s 2014 book.
CLINTON’S MEDICAL ISSUES
She has a history of a blood clot in her leg as well as fainting episodes culminating in a fall and concussion in 2012. This was followed by a blood clot outside her brain known as a Transverse Sinus Thrombosis. Chances are she is now taking a blood thinner like warfarin or Xarelto for life, and though these can be managed safely in most patients, at the same time her propensity for faints and falls is concerning.”
MINNESOTA GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON’S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY
Failure to disclosure physical or mental health problems is not a distinct issue for Presidential candidates. A Minnesota blogger notes, Mark Dayton (Dem) of Minnesota has been criticized for his failure to disclose his mental health status. Some Minnesotans feels that he may not be competent to run the state’s business. The blogger says:
“The mental and physical condition of any elected official is a proper question and the subject of inquiry in any free and open society. Citizens have an absolute right to know if anything is amiss that would affect the discharge of that individual’s duties once in office. Dayton’s lifelong history of maladies is well documented; there is no need to go into them here. In the last few years, however, his physical appearance, mental acuity and clarity of speech have all degraded to a shocking degree.”
The blogger notes that “Dayton hasn’t released his medical records so we don’t know for sure which medications he is being administered. It defies firsthand experience and common sense, however, to pretend that he is not frequently heavily medicated in public.”
These are shocking allegations but the blogger has company. A May 2, 2013, Minneapolis Star Tribune article quotes former congressional candidate, Mike Parry as saying, “When you sit across from him, and you watch him pop 15 to 16 pills when you’re having a meeting, it’s scary,” Dayton adamantly denied the allegation although the Tribune reported that “Dayton disclosed years ago that he takes medication to treat depression, as do an estimated 27 million Americans.”
ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE A DUTY TO DISCLOSE THEIR HEALTH RECORDS TO THE PUBLIC
We think mental or physical challenges are nothing to be ashamed about and agree with the privacy laws that embrace the treatment of the same. However, when an individual becomes an elected official, he or she opens the door for public analysis of their medical records, and divulgence outweighs that person’s privacy rights. Clinton and Dayton should immediately fully unveil their relevant physical and mental conditions to the people.