When Will Obama Release His Medical Record?
On the eve of his first trip abroad, President Obama has been dogged by questions about his medical records, including a 2013 report that he had been taking oral contraceptives for the past five years.
The medical records question was first raised in August by the American College of Physicians, who said that the president’s doctors, while acknowledging that he is a woman, did not find it medically relevant to his current medical condition.
“I don’t know how it was medically relevant, but we did not think it was,” Dr. Jonathan Fenton, president of the American Medical Association, told ABC News.
“I think it’s a great thing for the American people to know what’s been going on with their president, but it’s not medically relevant.”
Obama’s physician, Dr. Mignon Clymer, issued a statement to ABC News saying that the administration is “fully cooperating” with the investigation.
The Associated Press reports that Obama’s medical records have been reviewed and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency, but that it has not been determined whether Obama has suffered from any medical conditions.
As the AP notes, “There is no requirement that a president’s medical files be made available for public review, but if the medical records are not available, it’s possible that other relevant information could be made public.”
In January, the New York Times reported that the medical information was made available to the public in a search of the president, prompting a flurry of questions about whether it was a violation of privacy.
“I’m not going to comment on the details of the investigation because the facts of this matter have not been publicly released,” the White House said in a statement.
The White House has defended the release of Obama’s records.
“[W]e’re not saying this was a legal decision that was made because of political pressure,” press secretary Josh Earnest told ABC’s This Week.
“We’re not going there.
We’re not even going there with the president.
I mean, this is not about politics.”
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House has said that they will “explore ways to protect the president and others from possible legal consequences.”
“The president is an American citizen,” Earnest said in his press briefing.
“And he’s got a medical record.
It’s not going anywhere.
We want to be able to protect him.”