According to MSNBC President George W Bush was hospitalized this morning. Bush’s office issued a release that said,
During his annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas yesterday, a blockage was discovered in an artery in his heart. At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush has agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage. The procedure was performed successfully, earlier this morning without any complication at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes and he encourages us all to get our regular checkups.
One can be sure that all Americans wish a speedy recover for the former president. The former president has always seemed to be in great shape. One sees him working his ranch and jogging. He is relatively slim and one would imagine with a full staff, has healthy foods. Yet there was a time bomb in his heart. Lucky for him he had the best medical care afforded to those with wealth and/or good health insurance.
The release from his office says “he encourages us all to get our regular checkups.” Sadly those without insurance likely cannot afford an annual checkup. Those with substandard health insurance do not have the luxury of an annual checkup. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) forces all insurance policies to cover preventative care. As such dying from a blockage that the former president just discovered in his annual checkup is no longer necessary. Staying alive is no longer solely the purview of the ‘haves’.