June 27, 2005

No Free Boners for Grandpa?

The House has passed a provision eliminating "erectile disfunction" drugs from the Medicare drug provision due to launch in January.

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. “It’s important that these drugs are available when they’re medically necessary,” said Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.), who chairs the Ways and Means health subcommittee.

Define irony: A congresswoman named Johnson voting against legislation that prevents publicly-subsidized hard-ons.

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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