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Karl Rove Thinks He's Smarter Than 2,900 Doctors Regarding McCain's Health

Rove twists NY Times medical reporter's findings in McCain's favor.

One thing Karl Rove has never lacked is hubris.  A few days ago, Rove, an informal adviser for John McCain, appeared on FOX News and claimed McCain has been "an open book about his health issues for years and years and years."  Obviously, Rove thinks he knows more than the 2,900 doctors who have signed our open letter calling on McCain to provide full disclosure of his medical records.  Not to mention Dr. Lawrence Altman, a physician and journalist who has covered the health of presidential candidates for the past 36 years. 

In an article for The New York Times last Monday, Dr. Altman expressed grave concerns about McCain's lack of candor regarding his health history.  Dr. Altman wrote:

Last May, [McCain's] campaign and his doctors released nearly 1,200 pages of medical information, far more than the three other nominees. But the documents were released in a restricted way that leaves questions, even confusion, about his cancer.

A critical question concerns inconsistencies in medical opinions about the severity of his melanoma; if the classification of his melanoma is more severe, it would increase the statistical likelihood of death from a recurrence of the cancer.
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.
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