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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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  • You notice they never tell just who these mentally/physically challenged congress folks are. They run our lives but we aren’t allowed to know who might be compromised!

  • As usual, members of Congress are treated like kings – or maybe spoiled children. In any case, the rest of us who have to get ourselves to the doctors’ offices, and then the pharmacy when needed, are paying for it.

    • Well if you listen to them they work 24/7 for peanuts. And people believe it. They work so hard. Just ask them.

    • I’ve been convinced for several decades that most of our reps and senators are in those jobs for several reasons. Power, greed, knowing they can line their own pockets and for the benefits. Not all, but I would guess the majority of them are and have been bought and paid for by the globalists. As for the so called ‘2 party’ system, no, it’s one party with 2 different names. Different rhetoric, but same endgame. They’ve shown that time and time again, they spew lies during election time and once elected ignore what they promised. Look what they’re doing to stall border control and the health care situation. Very few want what’s good for our country, only what’s good for the ‘globalists and their own pockets.

  • I’m sure the significant others of those members and staffers of Congress would like to know just how many of those little blue pills the males are ordering and when.
    Too bad they didn’t hack that pharmacy’s database before the report.

    • What are you, 12? Who gives a s*** which Congressmen have ED? I DO care if we have Congressmen and women who are suffering from Alzheimers.

  • the politicians dont have obama care lol what a lying fake news story this is…they made them selves all execpt from hussein obama care because they know it no good and think only the peons and the scum at their feet should be on obama care…this is more lies from the lying fake news media.

    • You are mistaken. Everyone in Congress gets their health insurance thru the exchanges. It’s part of the law. I’m sure they purchase Gold coverage, although I think most qualify for Medicare.

    • My understanding is that they can have ACA, but are subsidized 75% of the premium cost, which of course, enables them to get the Gold levels at minimal cost.

      My wife and I, who were forced into these terrible individual “plans” (I had for decades insured myself reasonably until ACA), have seen our premiums triple (about to be 4X next year, if the state still offers individual insurance) and deductibles increase 7X. We pay in excess of a moderate house payment every month for terrible “insurance” that is unusable. We essentially pay through our nose to be insured (laughable) and then have to pay cash at the doctors on top of that. It is extortion. We don’t get subsidized like Congressmen and their helpers. If it’s going to be this way, I want a 75% subsidy, too!

    • It’s not entirely true. Congress uses a specific Exchange, called the DC Health Exchange. The exemption I think you are referring to is in regards to the staff. Congress gets a subsidy (up to 75%) but staff were not included in the subsidy originally under ACA and so Congress made an amendment to declare their staff a “small business” so that they could get the subsidy too. It certainly stretches the definition of small business but it happened anyway.

      https://www.marketplace.org/2017/07/17/health-care/ive-always-wondered/here-where-us-congress-buys-its-health-insurance

    • It’s not entirely true. Congress uses a specific Exchange, called the DC Health Exchange. The exemption I think you are referring to is in regards to the staff. Congress gets a subsidy (up to 75%) but staff were not included in the subsidy originally under ACA and so Congress made an amendment to declare their staff a “small business” so that they could get the subsidy too. It certainly stretches the definition of small business but it happened anyway.

      https://www.marketplace.org/2017/07/17/health-care/ive-always-wondered/here-where-us-congress-buys-its-health-insurance

    • Hey, brain trust. Better than 50% buy their insurance on the ACA’s D.C. exchange:

      The ignorance level in this comment section is surprising. I thought this was a site catering to medical professionals.

      In any event, nearly all of them have insurance via the ACA exchange, ie Obamacare.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/which-senators-and-representatives-have-signed-up-for-obamacare/646/

      Or are you another idiot that doesn’t know what the ACA is?

  • “If you have a vote and you can’t get home to your personal physician, you need to see somebody, and I’ll run over between votes and be able to keep my personal responsibilities going,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican. “It’s a convenience that definitely allows us to be more productive.”

    More productive? More productive? Is he kidding? He makes it sound like he works an assembly line or a coal mine. Who is he trying to bul$hit? Oh wait, that would be us, again, the American people. What an anus!

  • The $611 is only for the use of the Physician on-call – an extra charge for the ability to see a Doctor while at work. That’s it. Nothing to do with premiums or insurance. Members are either enrolled in ACA or FEHB or opt for their own coverage with their spouse. In fact there are medical stations available to every single staffer should they need to see a medical professional (for simple dispensing of OTC meds or a place to go to get checked out prior to calling an ambulance).

    • Seriously? You believe members of Congress are enrolled in the ACA? Sorry to disappoint you but they’re not. Mr. Obama gave them an exemption and classified each member of Congress and their staffs as participants in individual small businesses, thereby expecting them from the ACA since they did not meet the number of employee threshold.

  • What a bunch of juvenile comments from lefty know-nothings on an article written by a juvenile:
    1. There is nothing unique to Congress nor is the idea only a few decades old nor is there anything else unusual about home delivery of prescriptions; anyone almost anywhere in the country can get it
    2. If the juvenile leftist commenters posting here could read, they would comprehend that the $600 annual fee has nothing to do with the Congressperson’s health insurance premiums or Obamacare

    I am not commenting on the bigger issue: the total violation of privacy by the leftist druggist, who should lose his or her license and be driven out of business. It appears that only one person commented on this real issue.

    The Globe and this Globe spin off needs to go back to the old rule of only letting people comment (write a letter to the editor) using real names

  • No wonder why the hypocrites in Congress don’t want Obama Care as their health insurance! How much anyone want to bet that the $611 premiums are paid for by the taxpayers? Could this be the reason why Congress will not go after the Drug Companies for their dirty deeds and monopoly on prices?

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