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Give me a f*cking break – Medicare to pay for the boner brigade of drugs


Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says, “Not to stiff the elderly from having a little fun, but asking Uncle Sam to pay for the romance of 76 million baby boomers will quicken the impending collapse of Medicare.”

Love that quote in the caption above. Why on earth is medicating for a “quality” woody more important to pay for with taxpayer dollars than, say, drugs that treat serious, life-threatening illnesses? (AP):

Sexual performance drugs such as Viagra will be covered in Medicare’s new prescription drug program, a lifestyle rather than lifesaving benefit that conservatives and watchdog groups say the government shouldn’t provide…The new prescription coverage begins Jan. 1 and is expected to cost more than $500 billion over the next decade.

Pfizer’s Viagra, Bayer’s Levitra and Eli Lilly & Co.’s Cialis are used primarily to treat erectile dysfunction, but they also help treat enlarged hearts that can result from high blood pressure. Some conservatives and public watchdogs say Medicare coverage of sexual performance drugs could bankrupt the program. “Asking Uncle Sam to pay for the romance of 76 million baby boomers will quicken the impending collapse of Medicare,” said Tom Schatz, president of a taxpayer watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste.

“These bureaucrats defend the additional drugs as ‘lifestyle-improving’ instead of ‘just life-saving,’ but tax-funded Viagra will drain resources from medication for more severe conditions,” Schatz said.

… “You cannot have a universal entitlement like this without extreme micromanagement,” said Robert E. Moffit, a health care analyst at the Heritage Foundation. “Members of Congress, frankly, are not competent to make these decisions,” Moffit added. “Micromanagement will institutionalize incompetence.”

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