Grant Sarver October 23, 2020

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is nothing to worry about in regard to his health after he has been seen with bad bruises and bandages on his hands in recent days. CNN reports that, “An aide to McConnell also declined to provide any additional details when asked multiple times about the majority leader’s health.”

Regardless of whether or not he is receiving medical attention, McConnell, as a member of Congress, has government-covered health insurance. Government-run healthcare has been a debate topic for decades. Although it is not available at the national level without exceptions, it does exist in some capacity for government employees. Governments at every level offer their employees health insurance and often contract private companies to do so.

The City of Davenport, Iowa, is requesting proposals from firms to provide occupational health services. The city has over 1,100 full and part time employees that require services such as injury treatment, specialist referrals, wellness programs, and functional capacity evaluations. The contract will last for two years with three possible one-year renewals. Bids for this opportunity are due November 6.


Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families is seeking bids from medical practitioners to provide psychiatric services at two mental health facilities throughout the state. Services can include psychiatric assessments, on-site or Telehealth services, and medication evaluation & monitoring. Proposals for this opportunity are due November 4.

If something is, in fact, wrong with Mitch McConnell’s health, he will benefit from government-contracted healthcare. Top government officials aren’t the only ones that receive this kind of healthcare. Almost all government employees receive government provided healthcare as well as those who qualify for special government programs.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.