On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke. Early this morning the Senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful. Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator’s recovery over the weeks ahead.An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked. Senator Kirk had an 8 inch by 4 inch section his skull removed to help reduce swelling, this is called trephining, one of the oldest surgical procedures performed by mankind, dating back to the Neolithic era.
Of course, I hope the junior Senator from Illinois makes a full, strong and rapid recovery. I also Hope every American will have access to the type of medical coverage Senator Kirk enjoys.
But, under the Republicons unanimous support for Paul Ryan Deathcare, anyone in need of such a procedure would probably not be able to explain they have a Two-for-One Coupon for trephining and aftercare and even if they could Eric Cantor would demand any medical coverage for a poor person be offset with cuts in Food Stamps or Pell Grants.
But, that's okay because the Tea Party Voters have the answer, 'LET EM DIE!'
Kirk ran on this slogan in 2010, “I’m Mark Kirk and I can’t wait to vote against the health care bill next week.” And when asked by an audience member what he would do if the health care bill is passed and signed into law, Kirk said he would lead the effort to repeal it.