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Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Salty, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. Salty

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    Should politicians at the federal level be reqired to disclosed their medical records?

    Should the voters have the knoweledge if a candidate has a medical condition that could affect his time of service?
     
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    No. Not only have some of our greatest leaders had debilitating conditions, that had they been widely known would have deprived us of their contributions to our society.
     
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    If we are required to disclose injuries and illnesses that may prevent us from performing our duties when hired for a job, why shouldn't politicians ?
     
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    Particularly since the decisions they make affect the entire country, PLUS!!!!!!
     
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    Because stupid can't be treated.
     
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    Sure it can. It's calling "voting out the idiots."
     
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    For a new batch of idiots.
     
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    No. They are entitled to the protections provided by HIPPA.

    That said, the condition of a candidate's health should be voluntarily disclosed; and if not, it should be made an issue.
     
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  10. Salty

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    then should the law be changed?
     
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    Not if one believes in an individual's right of privacy.
     
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    There's a sentence in almost all military paperwork that should be used here. "Disclosure is voluntary. Failure to disclose this information will result in an inability to..." and the rest should be "run for office." No one would be forcing them to disclose anything, as they're not forcing them to run for office.
     
  13. Salty

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    excellent post
     
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    No, because the ability to serve because of some medical issue would become a political issue instead of a medical issue.

    Clinton did not release his medical records and neither did Hussein.
     
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    So, should the same apply to all personel areas? ie criminal, finance, associations, ect....
     
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    The other areas that you mention are off the thread which dealt with medical records. I think that it is foolish of the GOP to release their records when Democrats such as Clinton and Hussein refused to release their records. I think the idea that one has to release medical records is gone.

    Criminal records are already open to the public. Finance records were released by Romney. Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who is now President of Purdue University, was rumored to decide against running for higher office because the Democrats could petition some judge to release sealed divorce records. I don't think that sealed records should be opened for yellow journalists.

    But on the subject of the thread--medical records--that train has left the station. Hillary, for example, will never release her records so why should Governor Perry?
     
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    IRC, the SCOTUS, some time ago ruled on some issue concerning a public figure. The only issue that sticks in my mind is that they, (SCOTUS), ruled that by accepting the job/ appointment/position etc, a person becomes a public figure and is not entitled to some of the safeguards of just an ordinary citizen.
    Can anybody fill in the details??

    I would certainly think that the health, or lack there-of, would be a very, VERY, important aspect of any candidate asking our permission to rule over our daily lives.
    Could it be abused?? Sure, but tell me just one facet of any (particularly a conservative) candidate's life that is NOT abused at some point; or if nothing can be found to "abuse", then lied about.:mad::mad::mad:
     
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    As it should be.
     
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    Do you really want the debate to be over ingrown toenails and high blood pressure? Bill Clinton has never released his records and he served for eight years and may well be the future First Gentleman.
     
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    Why not? It is a legitimate topic.
     
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