U.S. Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Thornhill

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Paul is scheduled to have the outpatient surgery at the private Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, the week of January 21, the Louisville Courier Journal reported, citing documents from his civil suit against Rene Boucher filed in Warren Circuit Court.

The hospital, which charges between $5,000 to $8,000 for the operation, markets itself as "the global leader in non-mesh hernia fix".

The surgery is related to the 2017 attack, the court document says.

While Kelsey Cooper, a spokesperson for Paul, characterized the story as "fake news", the facts remain: Paul is headed to get surgery in a country that he has said should not be a model for Americans who seek a more rational approach to the current for-profit healthcare system.

Boucher pleaded guilty in March to attacking Paul over a beef about lawn maintenance.

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He is known for being one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine and he's heading north of the border for surgery this month.

"Rand Paul, enemy of socialized medicine, will go to Canada for surgery", tweeted Talking Points Memo.

Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the incident. He infamously compared Canada's single-payer public health care system to slavery, saying "right to health care" would mean a person would be able to come to a physician's house and "enslave" them in 2011. Boucher has said the attack was triggered by Paul stacking debris near their property line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and that he "lost his temper".

Paul sued Boucher a year ago seeking damages for physical pain and mental suffering from the attack.

Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said Monday that "we're in the process of getting ready for trial".

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