Do voters have the right to know presidential candidates’ health histories?


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Over decades, some presidents have hidden their medical issues from the public

Debate continues on the public's right to know candidates' medical histories

CNN —  

On Monday, Donald Trump released a statement by his personal physician that said he’d lost 15 pounds in the last year, takes aspirin daily and a low dose of statin and has “astonishingly excellent” lab test results and blood pressure. “If elected,” Dr. Harold Bornstein wrote, “Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

With the release, Trump joins Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie, who have recently assured the American people they are healthy and fit to lead.

Excellent or not, what right does the public have to know the intimate details of a candidate’s medical history? After all, they are shielded by the same federal privacy laws that protect each of us from