Discussing on Fox News last night how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had indicated this week that she would release her medical records, former Bush adviser Karl Rove said that he’s “not certain” Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) has “released all his medical records with regard to his brain aneurysm.” “I don’t think he’s given out all those,” said Rove.
Rove then claimed that in contrast, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), “has been an open book about his health issues”:
ROVE: McCain has been an open book about his health issues for years and years and years. But yes, look, the American people, you know, sort of want to be assured that you’re physically up to the job. And you know, it’s just one of the — one of the things candidates have to go through.
While it’s true that Biden did not release his full medical records, McCain is not much better in this regard and is far from being the “open book” that Rove claims. In fact, the New York Times reported earlier this week that the manner in which McCain released his medical records “made it impossible to get a complete picture” of his health:
Last May, his 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.
Earlier this month, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll found that 33 percent of Americans are concerned about a candidate who once had cancer like McCain. In the same poll, 47 percent said they were concerned that he would not finish a four-year term as president in good health.
59,447 people, including 2,908 doctors, have signed a petition calling on McCain to “issue a full, public disclosure of all of his medical records,” but his campaign has thus far refused to do so. That’s far from being an open book.