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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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. Nearly every day for at least two decades pharmaceutical drugs have been brought by the carload to the Capitol -- an arrangement so under the radar that even pharmacy lobbyists who regularly pitch Congress on their industry aren't aware of it. The deliveries arrive at the secretive Office of the Attending Physician, an elaborate medical clinic where Navy doctors triage medical emergencies and provide basic health care for lawmakers who pay an annual fee of just over $600. Every one comes from Washington's oldest community pharmacy, Grubb's.

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Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.

"At first it's cool, and then you realize, I'm filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country," Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer's.

"It makes you kind of sit back and say, 'Wow, they're making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'"

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Terrifying and part of the reason why Congress is out of touch with its constituency.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-11 04:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From the article:

Lawmakers describe the Office of the Attending Physician as a modern space much like a regular doctor's office -- though the $3.7 million budget it enjoyed for 2016 suggests a relatively well-furnished space. It's strictly off-limits to reporters; staff there declined repeated requests for comment, and a spokesman for the House Administration Committee that helps oversee OAP declined multiple follow-up inquiries.

That's perhaps because the office is not without controversy. Its services -- and the relatively low fees that members must pay for access -- were thrust into a harsh spotlight in 2009, as Congress began to debate the Affordable Care Act and as reporters began to ask how lawmakers' own care might color their perspectives on policy. The central issue is the cost: In 2016, lawmakers paid $611 for annual membership -- a fee that, unlike most health care prices, has risen much slower than inflation. In 1992, the first year the office charged a fee, it was $520.

The Office of the Attending Physician itself was formed in 1928, after three members of Congress died in their offices within months of one another -- more than 50 years after Grubb's first opened its doors.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-11 05:04 PM | Reply

I had read this earlier. The elites have terrific healthcare.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-11 07:14 PM | Reply

I suspect this newest owner made a stupid mistake.

You don't come out and start listing the various illnesses he is seeing treated in Congress.

Dumb move.

If I was a Congressman, I would feel a little uneasy now after this article.

He should have just said he sees a variety of illnesses and left it at that.

#4 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-10-11 08:14 PM | Reply

Psych drugs for the left and Viagra for the right.
And they can ---- each other stupid for all I care.

#5 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2017-10-11 10:10 PM | Reply

So that's where all the oxy is going.

#6 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-10-12 12:04 AM | Reply

To be fair, I have someone hand deliver drugs to me, too.

#7 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-10-12 10:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

Getting drugs delivered, even on demand, is nothing new. Stupid exaggeration of the issue. Now, the article brings up a ton of other issues that are bad, but the delivery to doorstop on demand is not an issue and many people across the country enjoy that service. Next.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2017-10-12 12:04 PM | Reply

Now, the article brings up a ton of other issues that are bad

Kind of the point...not sure why you dismiss it just because of the delivery aspect.

Alzheimers?

$600/year healthcare?

Painkillers?

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-12 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I am outraged that this government subsidized service is competing with patriotic lobbyists trying to earn a living by providing drugs to congress reps.

#10 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-12 01:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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I am outraged that this government subsidized service is competing with patriotic lobbyists trying to earn a living by providing drugs to congress reps.

The rare post that deserves both a newsworthy and an funny flag.

Well played.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-12 02:59 PM | Reply

Pharmacies all over america offer home delivery for free. It's called customer service

Nothing to get mad about

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-12 04:08 PM | Reply

#12

It never fails to amaze me how often posters on both sides of the DR never bother to read the articles before they post.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-12 04:23 PM | Reply

I had read this earlier. The elites have terrific healthcare.

#3 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2017-10-11 07:14 PM | FLAG:

"If my children get cancer, they're covered under a cadillac health plan. If your's gets cancer, well ---- you."

-Paul Ryan

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-13 11:12 AM | Reply

A friend brought up Alzheimer's during the campaign, regarding Trump. I haven't ditched that thought since. Also, humanoid excrement Roger Stone recently brought up Alzheimer's, regarding Trump. They may try to use it as an excuse for his being a terrible human being when I-don't-know-what-might-happen. My first reaction upon seeing Trump, when I was a kid, was "that guy is a greasy sleaze". He's always been terrible. No sympathy from me. I pity the fool and his Russian mafia money.

#15 | Posted by hamburglar at 2017-10-13 10:15 PM | Reply

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