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Email from Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office denies alcohol and substance abuse

Email from Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office denies alcohol and substance abuse

As his father’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s annual event kicks off in Chicago, IL, Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s office released a statement denying that he is being treated for alcohol or substance abuse.

The following email was sent from his office late Wednesday evening:

“Information regarding the Congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The name of the attending physician and treatment center will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy. His physician makes the following statement:

“The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.”

In addition, the rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse is not true.

Rick Bryant | Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)

As he uses HIPAA to continue to keep his constituents in the dark, a different question–why didn’t anyone even notice for weeks that he was gone–probably won’t aid to his mood disorder. If Jackson were to fail to be able to carry out his duties as congressman, that Chicago Democratic machine would once again be in the position of appointing a representative of the people, a familiar situation to the people of Illinois.



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Why did he go anywhere, our nation has loads of friggin’ nut cases that serve with him in congress.

This is worse than a drug or alcohol problem. In almost all cases, a drug or alcohol problem can be stopped in its tracks by not taking a drug or alcohol On the other hand, if one has some type of organic brain problem (e.g. some type of mental break down), requiring months of seclusion and treatment, the prognosis is not so good.

Maybe JJJ is thinking of switching sides and JJSr. is trying to deprogram him by having him watch MSNBC 24/7.

Isn’t it cute how they expect us to swallow whatever hash stew they serve?

The root problem isn’t the JJs who are in Congress, or Ted Kennedy, Pelosi, Schumer, Barney Frank, SJ Lee, the entire Black caucus, and all the other leftists.

The problem is the “voters” who put them there. And they say that public education/indoctrination has been a failure !

Not according to the number of unconstitutionalists who are in Congress. The Dems are delighted.

Erg, HIPPA really only applies between covered entities, of which I’m fairly certain the congressional office isn’t one.
Granted if they want to protect his privacy that’s their prerogative, but hiding behind a law that doesn’t actually do that (in this case) seems pretty bogus.
In any case, HIPPA can be pretty easily waived.

    stevewhitemd in reply to tsrblke. | July 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    HIPAA certainly covers the Congressman’s doctor and medical advisors. They can’t say peep without a release from him. Yes, Junior can sign a release, but unless and until he does, they can’t and won’t say a word.

    What the doctors have to say is less important. What Junior himself has to say is much more important.

    This might be time to examine his Republican opponent, Brian Woodworth. His website has some information, and he seems likable enough. But it will take a total meltdown from Junior and the Machine for Woodworth to win.

And which “substance(s)” in particular has he been abusing? Anyone, anyone…

The honorable thing for Junior to do is resign. Oh, wait….

Who cares?

    herm2416 in reply to BarbaraS. | July 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Barbara, I care! Unfortunately, he is my rep. I have no voice in the House now–not that I have EVER agreed with his–but I fear for the day that Pelosi decides Jackson is no longer a viable candidate and I am given Bobby Steele or Todd Stroger–both dumber than Jackson. He, at least, is the devil we know.

If I were facing a federal indictment and serious prison time, my mood would really suck, too.

“In addition, the rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse is not true.”

…the rumors about his being…
…abuse are not…

Sheesh, it’s hard to take people seriously when they cannot speak or write the English language properly. Talking to the guys who hang out in the convenience store is one thing, but a Congressman’s P.R. department produced this?

Petty? I know, but crap like this displays how low we’ve set standards in this country.