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Ad of the day: That's Dr. Rand Paul to you

By Emi Kolawole
Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is up with a new ad that emphasizes his credentials as an optometrist and criticizes the health-care overhaul bill.

The ad starts with a female announcer who claims that "when Medicare closed its doors to patients needing care, Rand Paul opened his." The ad goes on to tout Paul's founding of the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic that provides care "for those in need."

The ad then says that "Rand always puts patients first," and "that's why he opposes the Obama-Pelosi health-care scheme, which puts Washington bureaucrats in charge, destroying the doctor-patient relationship."

The commercial is among other GOP ads that use President Obama and/or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as targets in place of the candidate's challenger(s).

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By Emi Kolawole  |  September 9, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
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If Rand Paul "always puts his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul "always puts his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul "always puts his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul "always puts his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul "always puts his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul "always puts his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul "always outs his patients first", then why is leaving them for politics??

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused, if Mr. Paul "always puts his patients first," why then, is he abandoning his patients for a political office?? I'd wager that Mr. Paul also takes advantage of the availability of Medicare.....

Posted by: clergy33 | September 14, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

After Dr. Paul finished his training at Duke he easily passed his board certification on his first attempt. The Board later passed a rule requiring all members to recertify every 10 years EXCEPT older members who were grandfathered in and exempted from the new requirement. To Rand this smacked of hypocracy in that it is the older members of the medical profession who most need to demonstrate continuing education in the face of rapidly evolving surgical techniques. After attempting in vain to appeal to the Boards leadership to make recertification apply to all members, Rand decided to start his own board as a protest. You may not like his politics but you can never question Dr. Paul's intellect or talent as a Surgeon.

Posted by: jashby | September 14, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul, who touts his career as a Kentucky eye doctor as part of his outsider credentials in his campaign for U.S. Senate, isn't certified by his profession's leading group.

NOT board certified.

Tea Baggers... what is your comeback to this easily found morsel on the web?

Posted by: nighthang | September 13, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul, who touts his career as a Kentucky eye doctor as part of his outsider credentials in his campaign for U.S. Senate, isn't certified by his profession's leading group.

he is NOT board certified.

It's easily found on the web....

What's your comeback for this one Tea Baggers?

Posted by: nighthang | September 13, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

It seems that Dr Paul failed to recognized that it is the HMO and insurance companies in the private sector who makes the health care decisions and have done so for many years. His ad ignores such facts.

Emi, jashby is correct that Paul is an Ophthalmology which is eye surgeon not an Optometrist who fits glasses.

Posted by: beeker25 | September 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Paul seems to be unaware that private sector bureaucrats have been making health care decisions every day for a good many years now. When the health insurance companies and HMOs make decisions regarding whether to pay for a given medical procedure, they are in effect making health care decisions when patients cannot afford to pay for the entire cost of the procedure themselves.

Posted by: dnice1 | September 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Paul is not an Optometrist. He graduated from Duke Medical School and also completed a four year residency in Ophthalmology at Duke. He is an eye surgeon. An Optometrist fits one for glasses and is not an M.D.

Posted by: jashby | September 9, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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