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Bridget Johnson

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July 11, 2012 - 5:13 pm

This statement just came from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D-Ill.) chief of staff, Rick Bryant, after various media reports erupted about the congressman’s condition and care:

The following statement came from Congressman Jackson’s doctor’s office today.

“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 (“HIPPA”).  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 [sic] not true.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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