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Charlie Kirk’s love of U.S. healthcare system put to the test after back problems

Twitter did not let him off easy.


Nahila Bonfiglio


Posted on Jan 22, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:58 pm CDT

Charlie Kirk took a trip to the hospital Monday night and Twitter can’t stop talking about it.

A friend of the conservative activist, Kyle Kashuv, posted a photo to Twitter Monday evening. In it, Kirk lies prone on a bench in what appears to be the parking garage of  Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

“I’m with my buddy @charliekirk11 in Los Angeles who was rushed to the hospital for a potential blood clot,” the caption reads. “He threw out his back and can’t stand and the hospital said there are no beds available and suggested he lay on a bench outside Cedar Sinai Hospital [sic], disgrace!!!”

Considering that Kirk is well known for his views on healthcare—namely, that healthcare isn’t a ‘right,’ but a privilege, and that the U.S. system is the best in the world—people were quick to point out the hypocrisy.

Given the amount of time Kirk has spent talking about healthcare on Twitter, there were plenty of examples for people to choose from. @classiclib3ral responded to the original tweet, posted by Kashuv, by sharing an old tweet from Kirk.

“The United States has the best healthcare system in the world,” Kirk tweeted back in Feb. 2017. “We just need to make it cost less via competition and choice.”

Others thought Kirk staged the scene. But given his past stance on healthcare, it’s not clear what that would achieve.

Kirk sent an update to Twitter Tuesday morning. “Still cannot stand or walk,” he wrote. “But despite all the leftists commenting wishing for my suffering to continue or my imminent death, don’t worry I’ll be just fine.”

No one is wishing for Kirk to continue suffering, just that he use this experience to consider what life could be like for someone who couldn’t afford insurance.

Cedars-Sinai Hospital and Charlie Kirk did not respond to a request for comment.

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*First Published: Jan 22, 2019, 1:12 pm CST