Quarter Of A Billion Tax Dollars Spent on…Penis Pumps???

by Brittany Pounders on December 7, 2011

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Ever wonder where your hard earned tax dollars are actually going?  Ever gotten irritated with snarky liberals who continually walk around with their hands in your pockets, preaching that we should all be willing to give to the less fortunate, yet knowing that if you compared charitable giving statements yours would far outweigh theirs? Because, last I checked, the IRS has never denied an extra tax donations on behalf of anyone who strongly felt that we should be paying more in taxes.  So, you can safely assume, what they really mean is that YOU should be paying more in taxes.   However, the responsible citizens of this country who know enough about this government understand that those dollars that they poured their blood, sweat and tears into are most likely lining the pockets of ridiculous projects all over this country…just like this one.

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.

It goes on:

If a medical exam and history shows a senior on Medicare meets the relevant threshold—a diagnosis of ED—he becomes eligible for a wide range of options under the Medicare Prosthetic benefit. Treatment Options covered by Medicare include “oral medications, pharmacological injections, intra-urethral suppositories, vacuum erection devices, and implantable penile pumps.”

But are these devices really “medically necessary”? Health Care News contacted CMS to ask whether they have audited the medical files to determine medical necessity. CMS has not provided a response at the time of publication.

Most people would agree that this is definitely not a life or death issue.  Some would just say it is just a necessary part of the “stimulus” package, while others are outraged that in a time of financial crisis, tax and spend liberals continue to support such insane spending ideas such as this.