Friday, October 21, 2005
Impotence - no longer publicly funded
Viagra users will have to give up their federal subsidies under legislation that aims to spend the money instead on the poor and victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The bill, approved by the Senate Wednesday by voice vote and sent to the president for his signature, ends federal Medicaid payments for erectile dysfunction drugs as of Jan. 1, 2006. Medicare payments for such drugs will be terminated on Jan. 1, 2007.
Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., who sponsored the original House bill, said the government could save $690 million over five years by eliminating federal support under the two government health care programs for sexual performance drugs
I'm betting this announcement got a rather limp reception....