June 27, 2005
Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) -- a sponsor of the amendment -- said that without the prohibition Medicare would wind up providing taxpayer-funded recreational sex drugs. The ban includes Viagra and two similar drugs, Cialis and Levitra.
Some opponents argued that the drugs are important treatments for men who lose sexual functioning because of illnesses including diabetes and nerve damage. Its important that these drugs are available when theyre medically necessary, said Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.), who chairs the Ways and Means health subcommittee.
And this woman is my representative (CT-5) to boot. Out of curiosity, when would you not consider it "medically necessary"? Nothing wrong with our seasoned citizens popping the blue pill so they can take ol' one-eye to the optometrist, but not on my dime thank you very much.
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