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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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  • This…health care should not be a perk for Congress. They make 10 times my salary and I’m paying about $450/ month just for health care policies. All their expenses are covered by taxpayers. I so definitely want to see the swamp drained! Please don’t vote for anyone in Congress who has been there more than 18 years! They have proven that they don’t really care about the people.

    • They pay an additional $600 per year to use this service. The meds are not free. The clinic is much like a student services clinic on a university campus. They are required by law to purchase insurance on the Exchange. A person who is 57 yo pays about $700 per month to cover two people on a silver plan. They also have the option of spousal coverage. The headline to this article is purposefully misleading to get more page views and shares.

  • I’ve suspected this for some time. Thank you for the validation. Having experience as a caregiver to those with Alzheimer’s, I knew some members of Congress were likely suffering with it. In my opinion, there are a few in Stage 3 and two in Stage 4 in Congress; one in Stage 3 in the Executive Branch.

    Voters should take age into consideration before casting their ballot. I know this raises questions about age discrimination, but it is better to be safe than sorry, or consider full medical disclosure of all members to the people. With 325 million lives depending on them, I don’t think that’s too much ask.

  • Maybe the politicians should have the type of insurance that some of my patients have. They are forced to go to mail order or Costco / Walgreens/CVS, where they face a long wait and no customer service. We are a small pharmacy that takes care of our patients health, we educate our patients on their disease states and actually tell them how their medications work. Our reimbursements are so ridiculous, many of our prescriptions are filled under our purchase price.

  • Any other Doctor giving out 800 perscriptions in one day would be arreested as a pill pusher. Why is this guy so special. Needs a good looking inot if their were any real reporters left in America, Will more than likely be some foreign reporter to break this wide open.

  • I think part of the Opiate Committee’s agenda should be to look at a list of anyone being prescribed opiates. My guess is that pain medication are off the charts with this group. There is absolutely no way that anyone being prescribed opiates on a regular basis should have any type of clearance and or ability to make decisions that would affect the taxpayer. As tax payers we are required to provide a urine sample for a lot of things. Certainly it wouldn’t be too much to ask for a urine sample before any controlled substance is prescribed to this group.

    • This pharmacy should not be allowed to just give out opiates to the people making America’s decisions or laws how do we know they are not stoned out of their heads😡. Should not be allowed people working in hospitals are not allowed to work on opiates so why should they? NO WONDER OUR GOVERNMENT IS MESSED UP😡

  • NO wonder they got themselves out of Obamacare. What
    elitist they are. Soooo much more important that us. Ha, what a joke they are and idiots we are!

    • They still are required to buy from the exchange. A silver plan starts at $700 per month and goes up from there. This plan is $600 more to be able to pick up at a clinic. They still have to pay insurance for benefits recieved. The prescriptions are not free unless the plan they choose pays for them.

    • Comment to responder, Rick, who continually defends the DC’ers. I believe these people receive subsidized premiums to the tune of 75 percent. I want that deal, which would make a $700 premium actually cost only $175. My wife and I have to pay the full price – and I can only afford bronze for myself, letting her have the “better” silver plan – which is ridiculously bad, anyway. Also, never mind that we don’t want maternity, kids dental, etc. Heck – I need dental insurance myself, but am forced to pay for children’s dental, instead, which is useless to us. If we are forced into this awful, punitive insurance, then all we’re asking then is that we have the same 75% subsidized plan as Congress and their aids.

  • Did the pharmacist violate HIPAA laws by revealing maladies? Certainly confidentiality.

    Maybe he should be voted out with the rest of the swamp.

  • Glad to know that John Kerry became a regular guy after he lost; just another Cinderella story. As for the current crop in Congress, they can do the same. Go buy your stuff by yourself and stop feeding at the public teet.

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