Look, I know there are privacy laws and HIPAA and all, but at what point is it important to know a person’s medical conditions when they are in positions of great responsibility? Can a police officer have Parkinson’s Disease and use a gun? A bus driver have narcolepsy? Would you be ok with a schizophrenic teacher in your child’s class? How about congressmen having Alzheimer’s?
When you are in a position where your health problems might put others in danger, I think it’s your responsibility to disclose the problem to your employer. ‘We the People’ employ congressmen and while I don’t need or want to know every medical situation they may have, if there are conditions that may affect how they do their job, we should know.
I feel horrible for those who have Alzheimer’s disease. It is a terrible illness that is heartbreaking to watch. But to pretend it isn’t happening and knowingly continue to lead a country seems irresponsible.
H/T Daily Wire
“A Washington D.C. pharmacy revealed on Wednesday that they deliver medications that treat “serious health problems” to members of Congress, including medications to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Pharmacy owner, Dr. Mike Kim, said that he has “gotten used to” knowing highly sensitive information about some of the most powerful people in Washington, STAT reported.
“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.
Kim expressed concern over some of the serious health problems that members of Congress have because the diseases could severely limit their ability to serve in their elected positions.
“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.’”
The pharmacy, which fills up to 100 prescriptions per day for Congress, delivers the medications to the “secretive” Office of the Attending Physician — lawmakers only have to pay an annual fee of approximately $600 to use the office.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) noted the importance of the office which he says allows members of Congress to be more productive as they don’t have to make long drives to see a physician if needed.
“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,” Cassidy said. “It’s a convenience that definitely allows us to be more productive.”
Personally, I think when you have a relatively small group of people making far-reaching, highly important decisions on things like war, I think it’s important they have complete control of their mind. A person with Alzheimer’s may not even realize their mental capacity is degrading and can’t possibly be expected to know when it is time to go public with their diagnosis.
I am all for the least bit of government intrusion whenever possible, but sometimes the public good outweighs your privacy. I certainly would expect my doctor to let me know if he has a seizure disorder before he begins my surgery.
What do you think? Would you want to know if your Congressman or Senator had Alzheimer’s? If they have the diagnosis, would you expect them to step down?
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