The traditional Friday document dump in Washington was all Hillary Clinton, as her tax records, statements from doctors about her health and a new batch of emails from her tenure as secretary of State were released.
The health records just consisted of a summary letter dated three days ago from Dr. Lisa Bardack at Mount Kisco Medical Group in New York. Bardack says she’s been Clinton’s personal physician since 2001.
She says Clinton’s current health issues are hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies. Bardack notes that the Democratic presidential candidate suffered deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009, and a concussion in 2012. The doctor says Clinton had double vision for two months after the concussion — which she said was caused by fainting while Clinton had stomach flu — and “tested negative for all clotting disorders” in 2013. She takes anticoagulant Coumadin daily “as a precaution.”
Clinton “does not smoke and drinks alcohol occasionally,” “does not use illicit drugs or tobacco products,” “eats a diet rich in lean protein, vegetables and fruits,” and exercises with yoga, swimming, walking and weight training, according to Bardack.
Her most recent checkup was in March with a blood pressure of 100/65 and cholesterol at 195, the doctor added.
“She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” Bardack concludes.
In its summary of Clinton’s tax returns, her campaign highlighted how much the Clintons have paid in federal taxes since 2007 — $43,885,310 — and how much they’ve given to charity in that time — $14,959,450.
An addendum released with the tax returns details speeches Hillary Clinton gave in 2013: 40 events mostly at $225,000 a pop, most industry groups and corporate lectures ranging from the Gap to Bank of America. She received a $400,000 honorarium from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
In that same time period, Bill Clinton gave about the same number of speeches, ranking in varied honorariums ranging from $100,000 in Sweden to $725,000 in Nigeria.
The joint tax return filed by the Clintons for 2014 showed total income of $28,336,212. They paid a federal tax rate of 35.7 percent.
Hillary released this with a lengthy statement decrying “loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans and most powerful corporations to game the system and avoid paying their fair share.”
“Reforming our tax code to promote strong, fair, long-term growth is a centerpiece of my campaign, and I will continue outlining specific new ideas in the months ahead,” she said.
“…We’ve come a long way from my days going door to door for the Children’s Defense Fund and earning $16,450 as a young law professor in Arkansas—and we owe it to the opportunities America provides. I want more Americans to have the chance to work hard and get ahead, just like we did.”
While stressing that “families like mine that reap rewards from our economy have a responsibility to pay our fair share,” she needled some of the GOP candidates.
“We hear very different principles from the Republican candidates running for President. They want to give me another tax cut I don’t need instead of putting middle-class families first,” Clinton said. “For example, Jeb Bush supports eliminating or dramatically lowering capital gains taxes for wealthy investors with no incentives for long-term holding. Marco Rubio’s plan would cut taxes for households making more than $3 million a year by almost $240,000—more than four times the earnings of a typical family. That’s a budget-busting giveaway to the super-wealthy and the sort of bad economics you’re likely to get from any of the Republican candidates.”
“…I believe that we all have to do our part to renew the basic bargain of America: If you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. And when you get ahead, America gets ahead too.”