It’s going to be very difficult for Hillary Clinton to hide her health issues going forward. Partially because her meltdown this weekend was so visible and disturbing, but also because of something her husband Bill Clinton said in 1996.
Jim Geraghty writes at National Review:
Bill Clinton, 1996: ‘The Public Has a Right to Know the Condition of the President’s Health.’
In 2015, Hillary Clinton’s campaign produced a two-page letter from her doctor, Lisa Bardack, declaring “she is in excellent physical condition” and suffers from “hypothyroidism, seasonal allergies and takes blood thinners as a precaution against clots.”
Look back to October 15, 1992, when Bill Clinton’s campaign, after months of pressure from the media, finally gave a detailed health history of the candidate. The history revealed a few embarrassing details here and there, but nothing indicating he couldn’t handle the physical pressures of the office:
Clinton’s medical history, as related in letters from four physicians in Little Rock, includes allergies, a left knee ligament strain in 1984, hemorrhoids that same year, and what was described as a “mild hearing loss.” A stress test a year ago showed no heart problems, according to Andrew G. Kumpuris, a cardiologist.
Though the reports did not mention the subject, Betsey Wright, a Clinton aide, said the candidate has no history of psychiatric or emotional illness…
Bill Clinton told Altman he didn’t think of the interview as an invasion of privacy. “The public has a right to know the condition of the president’s health.”
We know your wife isn’t president yet but…
Do the same rules still apply, Bill?