Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Pump It Up

Sometimes news comes out that details the various manners in which our benovolent government is taking care of us that they simply defy belief. In this partcular, the jokes more than write themselves. Quarter-Billion Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Penis Pumps:

According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare has spent more than $240 million of taxpayer money on penis pumps for elderly men over the past decade, and will surpass a quarter of a billion dollars this year for costs since 2001.

The cost to taxpayers for the pumps more than quadrupled during that period, from a low of $11 million in 2001 to a high of more than $47 million in 2010. And these represent only the costs for external devices, technically classified as “Male Vacuum Erection Systems,” not implantable devices or oral drugs such as Viagra.

Remember this the next time you hear that spending is not the problem.

SAINT PAUL INTERJECTS: I will remember that. And I will now also remember this as a tribute to the US taxpayer: