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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

It's Still Good to be the King

posted by Jazz at 10/20/2004 07:45:00 AM

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Having trouble finding a flu shot this year? If you are one of our 535 Senators and Congressmen, or a member of their family or staff, you won't have any trouble at all. As wapo reports this morning, there are flu vaccinations aplenty at the capitol. Even for the youngest and healthiest of our representatives, and in apparent contradiction to Bush telling everyone to avoid getting one unless you are in a high risk group, our elected leaders have a free pass to get the shots.

While many Americans search in vain for flu shots, members and employees of Congress are able to obtain them quickly and at no charge from the Capitol's attending physician, who has urged all 535 lawmakers to get the vaccines even if they are young and healthy.

Particularly in the District of Columbia, this is irony at its finest. DC has huge sections of extreme poverty where people often have no health insurance and rely on public clinics for preventive medical care. So congress is sitting on flu shots for all of the elite while the poverty stricken people who surround them go without.

What a sweet deal, eh?