During the so-called debate on the federal takeover of the American system of health care, Senator Tom Coburn offered an amendment that would have prohibited federal funds from being used to purchase Viagra, Cialis (as well as presumably matching clawfoot bathtubs in scenic locations), etc for rapists and child molesters. (I’m not sure if Enzyte is covered under ObamaCare but it would be surprising if it weren’t.) This was derided as nothing more than a tactic designed to derail Obama’s legacy. The amendment failed.
Now, admittedly, had the Senate passed Coburn’s amendment it would have created an interesting vote in the House but the tactical use of the amendment doesn’t detract from its truthfulness. From Roll Call:
The Congressional Research Service confirmed in a memo Wednesday that rapists and sex offenders may get federally subsidized Viagra and other sexual performance enhancing drugs under the recently passed health care reform law — information that Republicans charge will haunt Democrats in upcoming elections.
So that is the bad news, at least it is if you are living in the vicinity of a currently incapacitated rapist or child molester or if you are a Democrat senator in a Red or purple state who voted against Senator Coburn’s amendment.
Now for the good news.
If you are raped Obamacare will cover the cost of your abortion and any mental health counseling you may require. When life gives you lemons, etc.
On a serious note, the next time you hear death panels pooh-poohed, keep this story in mind and pray neither you nor a loved one ever needs expensive medical care to stay alive.
(h/t to Aaron Gardner for the inspiration)