PREZ AND PALS ARE IN THE BEST OF HEALTH CARE
By MEGHAN CLYNENICE DEAL: Rahm Emanuel, having fun on Inauguration Day, and other White House staffers get the best medical attention.
'THIS isn't about me," President Obama allows. "I have great health care."
So the president should -- but Obama's checkups aren't the problem. It's the fact that our nation's entire political class lives in an alternative health-care universe -- and will do so even after the rest of us are stuck with the disaster of ObamaCare.
Start with the top White House staffers, assistants to the president. These are Obama's closest advisers, the people who have his ear.
Like most on the federal payroll, they have access to government-subsidized private insurance. But they can also get treatment above and beyond what is available anywhere else -- courtesy of outstanding military medical staff on-site at the White House and at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda.
Bethesda is one of the world's top hospitals, with a staff of more than 4,500. There, according to people familiar with the situation, Obama's senior advisers have access to a health-care Shangri-La.
Prescriptions for any condition under the sun are written and the drugs swiftly dispensed; virtually unlimited tests and blood work are conducted; and any medical procedure, including in-patient surgery, is performed at no cost to the patient. (Any expenses above what private insurance covers are generally waived.)
As one former senior White House official put it: "If you were an assistant to the president and you needed open-heart surgery, you could have it done at Bethesda for free."...
The list of medical services accessible to your political employees - for free or at very reduced cost - is mind-boggling. It has been suggested by some that if the proposed healthcare plan BO daily presses on the general population is good enough for "ordinary" Americans, then it surely must be more than adequate for the politicians. However, don't hold your breath waiting for the politicians to lead the way and sign on. You will turn blue waiting for such a show of good faith in what they are proposing for YOU! As you turn blue, there may not be a doctor available.
One of the phrases that jumped out at me from this article?:
...the Office of the Attending Physician in the US Capitol, which, according to its Web site, provides "acute/urgent care for all that work on or visit Capitol Hill.
See that? "..or visit..." Maybe if ailing Americans decided to "visit" Capitol Hill, they, too, would be given first class medical care.
Go read the rest of this article here, but be warned: blood pressure meds are a good idea before you do.