Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair. Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage. The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection. My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks. I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington. This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover.
Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced this week that he was off for three to four weeks due to a foot surgery.
In an Instagram post, Chaffetz explained how he fell off a ladder and shattered his foot — 12 years ago.
“The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection,” Chaffetz wrote. “This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s (sic) patience and understanding as I take time to recover.”
Quite unlike his statement, this appears to be the most opportune time to be away for Chaffetz and there is more than one reason for that.
Second, given how Trump is signing one controversial executive order after another, it seems best for him to get away.
Also, Chaffetz does not plan on running for another term, which means he has little time to avail the Obamacare benefits enjoyed by members of Congress. Therefore, it’s probably the right time to undergo a foot surgery.
It’s ironic, considering how Chaffetz is among those voting to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Congressman rushes off to get treated for his pre-existing condition so he can get back in time to vote to eliminate coverage for yours. https://t.co/7Cx3DzVILh— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) April 27, 2017
Look at you, Jason Chaffetz: you're getting your surgery before Republicans repeal healthcare for preexisting conditions. https://t.co/OF6Ajw4obq— Laura (@SheWhoVotes) April 27, 2017
Jason Chaffetz rushes to get foot surgery before quitting Congress and losing Obamacare---— InxsySparxs (@InxsyS) April 27, 2017
Hope it rots off!
After Chaffetz's surgery, a spokesperson said the Republican congressman was “resting comfortably.”
"His physician advised him that it was imperative he receive surgical treatment before further complications arose. The surgery was successful and he is now resting comfortably.”