Clinton Health Questions: Off-Limits Or Legitimate Issue?
Hillary Clinton is 68 years old. She’s been diagnosed with cerebral venous thrombosis; head trauma, pregnancy, cancer, brain infection, autoimmune diseases and inborn clotting abnormalities are all predisposing factors, per the Washington Post. She’s currently taking blood thinners. Four years ago, Clinton fainted, hit her head and suffered a concussion.
She’s also the odds-on favorite to assume one of the most strenuous jobs on the planet as president of the United States.
But lately many in the media have become outraged that Clinton’s health is being broached at all.
And what are the primary two words associated when Donald Trump, a Trump surrogate or conservative media bring up Clinton’s medical condition? “Conspiracy theories.”
But are they all just engaging in wacky speculation in an effort to take down Clinton, where she has a relatively comfortable 5.5-point lead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls?
At first, Clinton health speculation was something you could read about on Drudge or Breitbart or hear about on “Hannity” on Fox News. But recently, other medical voices have come forward to bring the narrative to a non-partisan, legitimate level.
A prime example comes in the form from Beth Israel Medical Center’s Dr. Bob Lehita, who is not a fringe medical expert or one who engages in political advocacy.
Dr. Lehita’s resume is impressive: Currently chairman of the department of medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. His opinion is so respected, he’s been tapped as a medical expert by CBS This Morning, MSNBC, ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox Business and “Health on 12” in New Jersey.
He has also written numerous books including “Lupus: Everything You Want to Know,” and “Women and Autoimmune Disease, your body betrayed,” via Harper Collins. He serves as the Editor of the Yearbook of Rheumatology.
So with that kind of reputation and resume, it’s notable that on the Fox Business Network recently, Dr. Lehita made a compelling argument regarding both concerns around Clinton’s health and the need for more transparency regarding health records of any presidential candidate.