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Representative Mary Still, D-Columbia (Judy Baker’s district before she ran for Congress), was ill enough to check into a hospital. She sent the e-mail below to some of her colleagues who needed to know that.

Representative Mary Still was admitted to the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics on Sunday March 8, 2009 for testing and treatment related to high blood pressure and possible pneumonia.

Rep. Still appreciates the excellent care she is receiving and remains committed to a state policy that will provide high quality medical services to all Missourians, especially our state’s children.

Cards may be mailed to 2000 S. Country Club, Columbia , MO 65210; no flowers please.

Still is not at death’s door, but the condition is serious enough that she is, even yet, in the hospital. Representative Mark Parkinson, R-St. Charles, saw the e-mail and forwarded it to all House members and staff, followed by this e-mail:

Representative Mark Parkinson had an annual medical appointment in St. Charles on Friday, March 6, 2009 for testing and examination.  All signs appear to point to Rep. Parkinson being in excellent health, although he is still awaiting the results of his cholesterol test.

Rep. Parkinson appreciates the excellent care provided by the doctors and nursing staff and remains committed to a state policy that will affirm the superiority of a market-based health care system, especially for the children of our state.

In the spirit of his (lack of) empathy, let me supply my own e-mail:

Blogger hotflash visited her doctor today. He commented that, considering the amount of time she spends learning and writing about Republican Scrooges in the legislature, her blood pressure of 105/65 is astonishing.

Hotflash is grateful for the excellent medical care she receives and only wishes that Missourians making less than half of the poverty level a year were going to receive the treatment that the Missouri Hospital Association and the federal government are offering to provide at no cost to the state of Missouri–but that Parkinson and his party are blocking.