Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 11th, 2017
It’s something millions of Americans wonder every time Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and others speak. Lost in their words, forgetting where they are, who they’re talking about, who is President at the time and more, almost everyone has wondered, “Are they out of their minds?”
As it turns out, those questions may have more credence beyond just making fun of Pelosi’s and Waters’ many brain locks.
Many don’t know that members of Congress have their prescriptions hand-delivered by a small pharmacy near Capitol Hill.
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.
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, Stat News reports.
“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.’”
Members of Congress do, however, sometimes get to skip the lines that other Grubb’s customers face — simply because of who they are.
“The Capitol kind of takes somewhat of a precedence just because of who we’re servicing,” Kim said, glancing toward the stately building from the front window of his shop. “The member might be calling to say, ‘Hey, I’m about to leave in five minutes, where’s my drug? So [the clinicians at the Capitol] get into panic mode as well. I wouldn’t say they’ve ever gotten frustrated with us, but it’s more of a concern like, ‘Oh my gosh, the member just called us, we need to know where the drug is.’”
This shocking revelation begs these questions. Should the health of public servants such as Congress be public record? Should those willing to put themselves in the public on, on the taxpayer dollar be granted the same privacies, given the potential impact any illness may have on the fate of this nation?
Given the devastating nature of Alzheimers to the mental capacity of anyone inflicted with it, one has to wonder if the answer should be No, Congress’ health records should be available to the general public.
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