WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said elected officials should disclose their health records in a similar fashion to presidential candidates publicly releasing their tax returns.
As questions over elected official official’s physical and mental fitness to serve swirl after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., second freezing episode, Cassidy, also a physician, said he thinks it should be a “house rule” for candidates to release their medical records.
“I think if you want to be the President of the United States, or a senator or House member then there is a responsibility over and above that of just offering yourself,” Cassidy said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“It has to be that you can show that you have clarity,” Cassidy continued. “Because if the voter’s going to make a decision, we need to give them as much information as we possibly can.”
McConnell is one of several politicians who have faced questions about their ability to serve given their age and health concerns. One of the biggest challenges facing President Joe Biden, who is 80 years old, are voter concerns over his age. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has also been met with calls to resign after a three-months absence due to a shingles diagnosis, as well as awkward moments on Capitol Hill.
For McConnell’s part, Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician on the Capitol, cleared McConnell to continue serving as the Senate GOP leader. Monahan also said in a doctor’s note that he consulted multiple neurologists and found “no evidence” of a movement disorder or a mini stroke.
Cassidy praised McConnell for handling his health situation “perfectly” and said those notes could be an example for other candidates’ transparency on their health.
“Shouldn’t there be transparency? Shouldn’t President Biden, for example, release a full kind of neurologic evaluation of his cognitive ability and whomever else?” Cassidy said. “Do what Mitch just did. There was total transparency.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: McConnell, Biden age: Senator says officials should share health info