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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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  • Now that you’ve told the world where congressman get their meds, what is to stop someone from surreptitiously breaking in and tampering with the drugs?

    • Certainly no worse than what is currently going on Pelosi, McCant and McConnel, Feinstein, Waters, and on and on!

  • “He desperately wants the office to use an electronic system to route prescriptions to the pharmacy, rather than having their physicians call them in every time.”

    Hmmm….if you use an electronic system it can be hacked. These politicians do not WANT their meds to be made known public.

  • Could OAP and Mr. Kim please tell them that ‘crack is whack’? Something more than Alzheimer’s is impairing their judgement.

  • Therein lies the problem! If congress had to get their insurance in the same market as the people they supposedly work for, you would see changes to make it better happen so fast it would make your head spin. I think all perks that are now available to congress and not available to the rest of us should be taken away. Drain the swamp!

    • The article is misleading and poorly written. This service is about $50 per month paid out of pocket by members. They have to buy insurance on the exchange like everyone else by law. Silver plans for two people start at $700 per month.

    • Rick, you keep defending this as a prescription only service. Even though they pay the same insurance premiums as we do, they sure pay a hell of a lot less in co-pays a month than I do. The get a flat rate, no matter what. I can and do have a $30 a month co-pay for just one med. Also, that $600 a year covers stocking the over the counter items, such as antacids, cold meds, NSAIDS, etc. All stocked or delivered. Do the math. And let’s not forget that they are supplying members of congress with Alzheimer’s medication!!!

  • So this guy buys this business then turns around and jeopardizes it by vaguely violating the privacy of his customers medical info in a news article? That seems very odd to me. There is another agenda here…

    • Karlene: they still have to pay all other copays in addition to the $50 monthly($600yearly) the $ is not for prescriptions. They pay to be able to have a doctor call in prescriptions. A service I have for free with my Dr. The pharmacy then delivers those prescriptions (paid for with additional Co-pay through insurance) to a clinic located on Capitol Hill just like arrangements with many student health centers on large campuses. Members do not get free meds. And by the way, I looked online and Paul Ryan doesn’t have a clinic in his building like the article said. Very lazy reporting.

  • So this guy buys this business then turns around and jeopardizes it by vaguely violating the privacy of his customers medical info in a news article? That seems very odd to me. There is another agenda here…

    • Whose privacy did he violate? Nobody’s as far as I could see. There’s no reason for him not to discuss his business, and his customers, in general terms.

    • Emma, yes, there is a reason for him not to even ‘generally’ discuss his customers. There’s a reason that HIPAA exists. I’m not saying he violated it, but doing this interview shows a severe lack of professionalism.

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