UNDERCOVER PRESS RELEASE
Rep. Lynn goes "under cover" to investigate Alaska health care system
Rep. Bob Lynn was out stimulating the Juneau economy at a Juneau department store on Sunday when he began feeling chest discomfort. He ended up at Bartlett Regional Hospital later that night, where he underwent evaluation.The first significant development took place about noon Monday, when Rep. Lynn reported that "the ham sandwich was good, the beef barley soup was excellent and the German chocolate cake looked promising."
Shortly afterward, Rep. Lynn suffered a setback. Preliminary results showed enzymes related to his heart muscle tissue were elevated, and consequently, the nurse took away his German chocolate cake and replaced it with a cracker.
Later that night, it was determined that Rep. Lynn required further testing in Anchorage. While being prepared for a medivac, he pointed to the tangle of electrodes on his chest and said: "I look like the back of my computer."
Rep. Lynn praised the staff at Juneau's Bartlett Hospital, saying "they were great" during his entire stay. The hospital staff returned the compliment, calling Rep. Lynn "a loveable guy."
"That loveable guy," it was pointed out, is also a co-sponsor of a legislative move bill. Rep. Lynn was quickly strapped to the gurney for removal from town.
On Tuesday at Anchorage's Providence Hospital, Rep. Lynn had a stent inserted in an artery. After a short recovery period, he is expected back at the Legislature soon.
Throughout the ordeal, Rep. Lynn suffered few of the classic symptoms associated with cardiac distress. His greatest suffering was the result of missing his committee meeting on Tuesday morning and his press availability briefing on Monday morning, where he planned to discuss Governor Palin's health care plan. His recent episode was an ideal opportunity to gain some inside knowledge into Alaska's health care system by literally going "under cover."
Rep. Lynn is relieved and thankful that his condition was not too serious and medical providers in Anchorage, Juneau and the medevac flight took good care of him.
However, according to one source close to the representative, the media could've given the story better play: more column inches and front-page placement above the fold.