Congressional Research Service Points Out ED Drugs Technically Covered Under Health Law
April 8, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – In a slightly odd story to come out of the health care debate, a Republican senator has proposed an amendment that will send the bill back into lower chambers to add a prohibition into the law that would exclude convicted sex offenders from getting Viagra.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) pointed to the Congressional Research Service report as proof that federally funded health care will lead to rampant child molester erections.
“Providing child molesters with taxpayer-funded Viagra shows the folly of government-run health care,” he said. “Senators who allowed this to happen will be haunted by this vote for years to come.”
But Coburn has gained some criticism for refusing to use legislation to stop this, failing to acknowledge that convicted sex offenders can get Viagra now, and would be able to regardless of an amendment.
He is being accused of using underhanded tactics to further hinder the passing of the health care bill.
It brings up an interesting point, however: Why not pass legislation to prohibit this action from occurring in the first place? An amendment to the health bill would only prohibit it from being covered under a prescription plan, while sex offenders can already get Viagra and other sexual dysfunction related drugs from doctors and pay for it out of pocket, or be covered under an insurance plan.
Will Coburn take the advice that is being given and do something to begin a law that would actually stop this? Or will be prove he is only concerned about adding time to the signing of the health care bill?
Only time will tell, but I hope that the Senator surprises us and chooses to seek other (more effective) avenues.