‘Breaking Bad’ actor refused to listen to his ‘cranky conservative’ doctor, then he had heart attack

Like many Hollywood actors, Bob Odenkirk, star of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” has made his liberal leanings known.

Through the COVID pandemic, he dutifully “followed The Science” and proudly signaled his vaccine status on social media.


And back in 2016, following Donald Trump’s White House victory, he joined his progressive buddies and urged members of the Electoral College to give their votes to someone else, “thereby shaping the future of our nation.”

Flash forward a few years, and Odenkirk is now warning his fans against letting their political views govern their healthcare decisions.

He made that mistake and nearly paid the ultimate price.

“My doctor was a conservative,” Odenkirk said on comedian Tig Notaro’s “Don’t Ask Tig” podcast. “He got crankier and crankier the older he got.”

“When I was 50,” he continued, “I went in, he was a heart doctor, Cedars-Sinai, and he had signs up all around his office at this point…. ‘We do not accept Obamacare,’ and I hated this side of him that I only learned over time.”

“I’d been with him for 20 years, and he said, ‘You need to start taking statins right now,'” the actor recalled. “And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. I don’t have heart disease in my family.’ He goes, ‘Just take ’em.'”

Instead of trusting his longtime caregiver, Odenkirk sought a second opinion from a doctor who told him the medication wasn’t necessary.

In July 2021, he was rushed to the Emergency Room.

“I had a heart attack,” Odenkirk said. “And I think the first doctor was right.”

“The cranky conservative jackass was right, because he was a goddamn good doctor,” he stated. “His political point of view doesn’t have anything to do with his ability to judge your health and your health choices and needs.”

And the moral of his story?

Don’t question a doctor’s professional opinions and expertise because you don’t agree with their politics.

“A doctor with questionable politics could save your life,” he said. “A flawed artist might make magnificent art.”

It’s wise advice, but, as BizPac Review has reported, many medical schools across the nation are making political agendas mandatory for would-be doctors.

In June, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio was criticized for setting diversity quotas for its employees in leadership positions.


And if you’re a first-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine, you’d do better to pull out your parent’s old Hasbro games and play “Operation,” because first-year medical students at IU are learning that gender is just a “social construct” and “not everyone fits” neatly onto the “established binarized sex as male/female.”


According to Do No Harm, a “diverse group of physicians, healthcare professionals, medical students, patients, and policymakers” dedicated to protecting healthcare “from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology,” Critical Race Theory [CRT] “holds that physician bias is to blame for different health outcomes among racial and gender groups.”

“It proposes to remedy this reality by forcing medical professionals to provide different levels of care to different populations,” the group states. “This includes offering and denying treatments on the basis of race, including potentially life-or-death decisions.”

Melissa Fine

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