Op-ed: If Sanders won’t release his medical records, he should exit race

In the Democratic presidential primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) is emerging as the party’s new frontrunner. However, despite the increasing chance that he will win the nomination to do battle with Donald Trump this fall, the 78-year-old self-described democratic-socialist is refusing to release his full medical records.

Writing in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, Tiana Lowe suggested that such secrecy about his health is a good reason for Sanders to drop out of the presidential race altogether. 

“I am in good health”

During an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Sanders claimed to have “released as much documentation…as any other candidate.” In response, Todd noted that the Vermont senator is the only person in the race who has recently had a heart attack.

Sanders, for his part, refused to budge. “I mean, you can start releasing medical records and it never ends,” he said. “We’ve released a substantive part — all of our background.

“We have doctors who have cardiologists confirming that I am in good health,” he continued. “I am in good health.”

Not good enough

BUt as far as Lowe is concerned, those assurances just aren’t good enough.

“At 78-years-old, presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders is currently one year older than Ronald Reagan, our oldest president ever, was on his last day in the White House,” she wrote on Monday. “Not only would Sanders be a decade older than Reagan on Inauguration Day, but the septuagenarian socialist had a heart attack just four months ago.

“In the immediate aftermath of his heart attack, it was more than fine for Sanders to want a few days to recover and sit on the news before submitting it to the public domain,” Lowe continued. “But that grace period expired months ago. He’s long overdue to disclose unredacted versions of his medical records, especially as it pertains to his ejection fraction, a measure of the pumping efficiency of his heart.”

Yet another double standard

The piece went on to call Sanders’ position “even more galling considering the Democratic Party’s obsession with President Trump’s medical records for the past four years.”

For instance, when the White House released the results of a physical exam performed on the president last year, mainstream media outlets seemed to take great interest in the fact that the number on the scale made Trump “technically obsese,” glossing over his physician’s declaration that he was “in very good health overall.”

Lowe then drew an apt comparison between Sanders’ reticence and media concerns over John McCain’s health back in 2008, characterizing their obsession with the latter as a “meltdown.”

“If Sanders doesn’t want public demands for health records to “never end,” he can simply end them now,” Lowe concluded. “Either release them with full transparency or drop out of the race.”

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