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ASHINGTON — If House Speaker Paul Ryan comes down with the flu this winter, he and his security detail won’t be screeching off toward the closest CVS for his Tamiflu.

Instead, he can just walk downstairs and pick up the pills, part of a little-known perk open to every member of Congress, from Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell down to the newest freshman Democrat.

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  • I wonder how many are taking opioid narcotic prescriptions or psychiatric drugs? ( A lot of them certainly seem doped up or crazy)

  • I know- as a Nursing student that: persons who are abusing alcohol (much less drugs)- leaves’ this person with the INABILITY to “follow through” on: ANY type of intentions, OR projects, their life being a series of unbroken promises, and useless endeavors. ASLO- they become demented, not able to hold their temper, and assess ANY information correctly (Judgement completely GONE)- and turn into “couch-potatoes”, which mweans, thatr they literally cannot gt OFF the couch, from brain damage, and aching legs, which is called Neuropathy, so that people MUST do all things for hem- feed, dress, and clean them up> the true meaning of THAT description! I wrote Dean Heller, saying that Congress and the House acted this way, BUT he assured me, that “No one is an alcoholic in the Gov’t.!!!???” BECAUSE…I was suggesting that: a drug / alcohol test be done ‘regularly’- like BEFORE any votes are recorded on bills and legislation, and meetings. CAN we DO this? PLEASE? It could sure clean up the ‘swamp” quicker, just like Hollywood has to do lately.

    • This is click bait and many clicked to complain about a Congressman they don’t like. Taking a prescription drug is not a crime nor does it indicate you are somehow crazy or unbalanced. Many people take drugs for high blood pressure, cholesterol, viagra, antibiotics, heart disease, kidney disease, headaches, etc. I really don’t understand this article or the reaction to it except as a way to bitch about Congress. Congress doesn’t work mainly because it is controlled by monied interests. It doesn’t get anything done because the country is divided and polarized. They can’t agree on what to do. This inaction is a result of Congress working like the constitution says it should. When we agree on something, we pass a law. If we don’t agree we argue until there is a consensus. Then Congress passes a law. A little compromise is needed but some people don’t want to compromise/ They are why Congress doesn’t work. Not because they take prescription drugs. Sensationalist click bait. Which is another reason things are not working well in our country.

  • They pay an additional $600 per year on top of insurance to use the service. That’s 15 co-pays on my insurance.
    The headline and article is misleading to generate more page views. I’m a journalist. If I want my prescription delivered all I have to do is ask the pharmacy in WVirginia to do so.

    • They have the same plan by law. If they want insurance provided by you and me they have to use the Exchange. This service is $600 more per year.

    • AMEN…put them on my plan (NO INSURANCE OR PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE) and a lot of them would be terminally ill and dying.

  • Well ain’t that just lovely. I can end up paying more in co-pays in a month then they pay in a full year. Guess I should become a politician and get in on the gravy train!

    • They pay an additional $600 per year on top of insurance to use the service. That’s 15 co-pays on my insurance.
      The headline and article is misleading to generate more page views. I’m a journalist. If I want my prescription delivered all I have to do is ask the pharmacy in WVirginia to do so.

  • I am astonished that at least one of our law makers in congress is taking medication for Alzheimer’s. Good grief! That person should be sent home. The American people deserve sane politicians making decisions, not the mentally ill. That just goes to show how very sick D.C. actually is. When a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease does not have the love and respect for the people he or she represents enough to resign in the best interest of our nation is outrageous! Forget the HIPPA privacy laws, we have a right to know who that person is. And, we have a right to demand they be replaced PDQ!!

    • I agree that this is an outrageous practice. Ellie, I have often wondered how congressmen obtain their “medications”. All congress men & WOMEN should be made to be examined by a doctor appointed by the ______________ deartment. and their consumptions of drugs be examined by _________________ and the results given to the responsible dept for recommendations that removal from congress is mandatory. I can name at least 6 I suspect of Altimers or other serious medical conditions.

  • The pharmacist doesn’t prescribe the meds, he fills prescriptions.

    Every pharmacy fills prescriptions for the same type of medications that lawmakers need. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are human, too even if they don’t act the part 24/7.

    Kim is a pharmacist-businessman, doing his job like the rest of us.

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