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One-on-one with Trump's doctor: hecklers, house calls and why obamacare must be shut down

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NEW YORK On a frigid December afternoon, Dr. Harold Bornstein was talking about his most famous patient, President-elect Donald Trump.

He hadnt spoken with Trump since the election, and had no idea whether he would be asked to move his medical practice to Washington. But he also didnt seem particularly worried about what the stress of the job might mean for the nations oldest president a distinction he hadnt considered until this reporter pointed it out.

It never occurred to me that he was the oldest president, not for a second, Bornstein, 69, said in his Upper East Side office of the 70-year-old Trump. He said that theres nothing to share on a regular basis about a presidents health. Ronald Reagan had pre-senile dementia. I mean, seriously, did they share that one with you, or did Nancy just cover it up?

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If something happens to him, then it happens to him, Bornstein said. Its like all the rest of us, no? Thats why we have a vice president and a speaker of the House and a whole line of people. They can just keep dying.

If Bornstein wasnt interested much in discussing Trump, there was plenty else that did enthuse him. In a three-hour interview with STAT, his first since the election, Bornstein seemed more interested in talking about about how insurance companies are too powerful, how walk-in clinics poorly serve patients, and how doctors arent held in the same esteem as they used to be.

When Bornstein first came to the attention of the world last year, he was presented as a caricature befitting his unconventional patient of over 35 years. Pictures of him with wild hair and a seemingly goofy demeanor rocketed around the internet, along with a letter that attested Trump would be the healthiest man ever elected president.

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Throughout the campaign, Bornstein attempted to avoid the media spotlight CNN once cornered him on a bench, but when his wife, Melissa, arrived, she shut down the interview, physically pulling him through the door to his office.

His friend Wayne Harley Brachman, the pastry chef at an upscale Manhattan steakhouse who used to cohost a Food Network show, thought about offering PR advice (you gotta take it over, and figure out what you want to say, and smile) but he never did.

Bornstein said that, in the wake of the election, hes been harassed on the street. One woman, upon recognizing him, said, Youre Donald Trumps doctor. I hope he dies! Melissa said she has stopped answering her phone if she doesnt recognize the number Ive gotten so many harassing phone calls.

The take on this has not been whats in between his ears, Melissa later said about her husband. Its been what his hair looks like and what he looks like.

https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/21/harold-bornstein-trump-doctor/

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NEW YORK On a frigid December afternoon, Dr. Harold Bornstein was talking about his most famous patient, President-elect Donald Trump.

He hadnt spoken with Trump since the election, and had no idea whether he would be asked to move his medical practice to Washington. But he also didnt seem particularly worried about what the stress of the job might mean for the nations oldest president a distinction he hadnt considered until this reporter pointed it out.

It never occurred to me that he was the oldest president, not for a second, Bornstein, 69, said in his Upper East Side office of the 70-year-old Trump. He said that theres nothing to share on a regular basis about a presidents health. Ronald Reagan had pre-senile dementia. I mean, seriously, did they share that one with you, or did Nancy just cover it up?

If something happens to him, then it happens to him, Bornstein said. Its like all the rest of us, no? Thats why we have a vice president and a speaker of the House and a whole line of people. They can just keep dying.

If Bornstein wasnt interested much in discussing Trump, there was plenty else that did enthuse him. In a three-hour interview with STAT, his first since the election, Bornstein seemed more interested in talking about about how insurance companies are too powerful, how walk-in clinics poorly serve patients, and how doctors arent held in the same esteem as they used to be.

When Bornstein first came to the attention of the world last year, he was presented as a caricature befitting his unconventional patient of over 35 years. Pictures of him with wild hair and a seemingly goofy demeanor rocketed around the internet, along with a letter that attested Trump would be the healthiest man ever elected president.

Throughout the campaign, Bornstein attempted to avoid the media spotlight CNN once cornered him on a bench, but when his wife, Melissa, arrived, she shut down the interview, physically pulling him through the door to his office.

His friend Wayne Harley Brachman, the pastry chef at an upscale Manhattan steakhouse who used to cohost a Food Network show, thought about offering PR advice (you gotta take it over, and figure out what you want to say, and smile) but he never did.

Bornstein said that, in the wake of the election, hes been harassed on the street. One woman, upon recognizing him, said, Youre Donald Trumps doctor. I hope he dies! Melissa said she has stopped answering her phone if she doesnt recognize the number Ive gotten so many harassing phone calls.

The take on this has not been whats in between his ears, Melissa later said about her husband. Its been what his hair looks like and what he looks like.

https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/21/harold-bornstein-trump-doctor/

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