Pharmacist Mike Kim has become very familiar with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and that includes their medications. According to Kim, Alzheimer’s meds are dispensed.
Of course, the affliction is nothing to take lightly.
People who have the disease deserve our thoughts and prayers regardless of political affiliation. Though, when the people deciding what can and cannot happen in this country are taking said Alzheimer’s meds, it might be a good time to have a talk about term limits.
From STAT News:
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.’”
Kim’s tiny pharmacy — which, at its busiest, sends as many as 100 prescriptions to members in a day — is nestled among Capitol Hill’s stateliest row houses, less than four blocks from the Capitol building itself. Founded in 1867 and named for a previous owner, the pharmacy predates penicillin, the American health insurance system, and even the Lincoln Memorial.
Yowza! More, per New York Daily News:
While Kim said that his reference to Alzheimer?s was not based on its ‘unique location’ or clientele, the current Congress is among the oldest in history.
Though the average age for senators has been declining in recent years and is now 61, according to a profile of the current lawmakers done in December.
The average age for the House of Representatives is 57.
Members of both houses can receive treatment in D.C. through the Office of the Attending Physician, with STAT reporting that membership costs $611 a year.
Now, Kim is backpedaling feverishly:
Those comments, in particular, generated a significant social media reaction, with speculation about which members might have Alzheimer’s. There were also suggestions that Kim may have violated privacy laws. (He did not identify specific patients with conditions.)
Imagine knowing *you* are the Congressman who takes some Alzheimer's-related medication that he's gossiping about. And reading this. Crazy.
— Pastyskin McIrishman (@thepubprobably) October 11, 2017
In a follow-up statement, Kim said his suggestion that members had Alzheimer’s or any other specific condition was meant as “hypothetical.”
“I was speaking very broadly about disease states that the general American population have and that it also applies to everyone including members of the U.S. House and Senate since they are also people just like you and I,” he said.
“My pharmacy is in a very unique location on Capitol Hill and fortunate to have the opportunity to service the U.S. Capitol,” Kim added.
Was Kim wrong to say what he said? Maybe. Probably.
However, don’t we as voters have a right to know about the health conditions of our elected officials? Lord knows they aren’t about to tell us the truth.
It might be a catch-22.
H/T: Gateway Pundit