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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  • The benefit of the Capitol Pharmacy and the office of attending physicians is nothing more then what is being given two employees of some of our major corporations. Although it is usually restricted the upper management. But that is what Congress is. I would also note that rural pharmacies have been delivering prescriptions for years. The office of attending physicians is necessary because these gentlemen are working 24 hours or more at a time during the legislative session. This article does not state that major corporations especially the tech industry in the Silicon Valley offer similar services.

    • Come on! They are only working 12 days for the entire fall session. Who are you Raymond Bauman, their publicist??

  • WOW. So I am on Social Security and Medicare and Congress is paying substantially less than I am for Medicare part B. Disgraceful

  • so Congress pays $600.00 a YEAR for access to a concierge style doctor while all us plebs are now required to buy plans averaging twice that a month. If you think they care about your healthcare, you are fooling yourselves.

  • Wow.
    Since they were all so keen to pass laws that allow gov’t. FULL access to our own health care, reciprocity is due.
    Who, exactly, is getting what?

  • What extraordinary investigative journalism! Congress has set up an arrangement that saves members time from doing menial chores. Shocking! Your next assignment, STAT editors, if you chose to accept it, is to investigate the office supplies store and the post office branch in the basement of the Longworth Building. What you discover may be astonishing!

    • As an elderly member of Gold Star Wives of America who must use the Federal system of mail (dis)order prescriptions, which is a nightmare on the order of the VA system, WHY are members of Congress so special?
      These pompous asses SHOULD do menial tasks and receive services from the Tricare/Express Scripts..perhaps there would be improvements made.
      Maybe another look at the Congressional Post Office/banking system too ? Remember the fraud and deceit discovered the last time?

  • Imagine what could be learned, and explained, about members of Congress if someone managed to get into that little pharmacy’s/drug den’s computer system.

  • Imagine what could be learned, and explained, about members of Congress if that little pharmacy/drug den was hacked! literally. shaking.

  • The issue regarding the OAP and how little our noblemen and noblewomen (America’s Royal Monarchy) paid for this tremendous medical benefit came to the public’s eye again at the beginning of the move to pass the Affordable care Act (the name for the crap piece of legislation “We the People” got shoved down our throats by our “representatives”). At that time our “leaders” decried this benefit only costing $600 per year and they all said they were going to increase the price tag so it was equitable to the benefits they were receiving. Guess that didn’t happen! Talk about drainin the swamp – “We the People” continue to get the shaft from these self-serving, hypocritical, talk out of both sides of their mouth, POS’. It’s no wonder why people have such a low opinion of Congress (of course they have a double whammy because so many of them are also attorneys!). A pox on all of them.

    • We the lowly serfs serve at their command. This article will not be picked up by the vast media which protects their nobles at any cost. This is not widely known by the public. There would be a tremendous backlash as “We the People” are being sucked dry by Ocrapcare. If we were aware of half the perks being handed out to members of Congress we would dislike them even more. I’d say instead of 11% it would be closer to 0% maybe lower. When they have managed, with their careful due diligence, to drain most of our money we will have a true monarchy. It’s drip, drip, drip.

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