Politics

Sanders Refuses to Release Full Medical Records

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), one of the top contenders in the Democratic presidential race, said he will not release any more medical records despite concerns about his recent heart attack and health history.

Pressed on whether hed release more information, Sanders told a CNN town hall on Tuesday night that three letters from doctors his campaign made public late last year were enough.

“We have released, I think … quite as much as any other candidate has,” Sanders said.

Two of the letters were from cardiologists and full of details, he said. The other was from from the head of the U.S. Congress medical group.

“So I think we have released a detailed report, and Im comfortable with what we have done,” he said. “If you think Im not in good health come on out with me on the campaign trail and Ill let you introduce me to the three or four rallies a day that we do.”

The stance marked a change from last year, when Sanders said: “The people do have a right to know about the health of a senator, somebody whos running for president of the United States—full disclosure.”

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Sanders campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray added on CNN Wednesday morning that the push to get Sanders to release medical records “is really reminiscent of some of the smear, some of the skepticism campaigns that have been run against a lot of different candidates in the past.”

Sanders, 78, is the oldest contender for the Democratic nomination, though several rivals are 70—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—or older—both Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden are 77. President Donald Trump is 73.

Sanders suffered a heart attack in early October. Doctors inserted two stents to open a blocked artery in his heart. Sanders spent a few days in the hospital and returned to the campaign trail after resting for several additional days. “Im healthy. Im feeling great,” he said at the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate.

The Sanders campaign released the three letters in late December 2019. “You are in good health currently and you have been engaging vigorously in the rigors of your campaign, travel and other scheduled activities without any limitation,” Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress, wrote in one of them.

“Mr. Sanders is more than fit enough to pursue vigorous activities and an occupation that requires stamina and an ability to handle a great deal of stress,” added Dr. Philip Ades, director of cardiac rehabilitation at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where Sanders was tested in mid-December.

The medical information showed that Sanders has in the past dealt with a variety of health issues, including gout, lumbar strain, and diverticulitis, or infected or inflamed pouches in the intestines.

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