The latest news in the election cycle was Donald Trump's appearance on Dr Mehmet Oz talk show, during which he purportedly produced his medical records for Dr Oz. This is a response to a faux scandal concerning Hillary Clinton's health. I can't remember the health of presidential candidates being an issue before- Ronald Reagan, JFK, and FDR all suffered chronic health problems... William Henry Harrison died, probably of pneumonia, shortly after his inauguration. The Constitution provides for a chain of succession should a president die in office.
The insistence on the release of medical records bugs the hell out of me... years ago, I worked in a HIPAA compliant facility. We took the privacy of individuals whose medical records were were responsible for storing seriously- every file represented a human life, and every human was owed their privacy. An insistence on publicizing medical records seems to me to weaken the privacy rights of average individuals. I'm not a big proponent of 'slippery slope' arguments, but this is one instance in which I believe there is a danger... if the medical records of Clinton and Trump are considered fair game, I fear that those of Joe and Jane Schmo will soon be as well. The real problem is that this is all in the service of a bullshit fake controversy.
I'm also bemused by Dr Oz's role in this tawdry affair... Dr Oz is, at best, a woo-slinger, at worst, a scam artist. He certainly doesn't deserve to play a role in a national election. With Donald Trump's appearance on his show, we witnessed a guy who plays a billionaire on television releasing a bogus medical report to a guy who plays a doctor on television. In an election which has degenerated into a reality television series, this is a new low- a crossover episode involving two grifters. All told, it's a tawdry affair, and it sets an unhealthy precedent- an individual's health records are not a matter for public consumption.
Now, tax returns are another matter entirely... the public has a right to know what potential conflicts of interest may effect the way a potential executive will govern. We need tax returns, not colonoscopy results... we know that Trump's head is up his ass.