Penis pumps cost U.S. government millions, watchdog cries waste

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  1. baci

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    WASHINGTON - Penis pumps cost the U.S. government's Medicare program $172 million between 2006 and 2011, about twice as much as the consumer would have paid at the retail level, according to a government watchdog's report released on Monday.
    The report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said Medicare, the government health insurance system for seniors, paid nearly 474,000 claims for vacuum erection systems, or VES, totaling about $172.4 million from 2006 to 2011. Yearly claims for the devices nearly doubled from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011.
    According to the Mayo Clinic, penis pumps are one of a few treatment options for erectile dysfunction.
    Government waste is a major issue in budget talks in the U.S. capital as lawmakers try to reach agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill.
    "Medicare payment amounts for VES remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay," said the report, dated December 2013. "Medicare currently pays suppliers more than twice as much for VES as the Department of Veterans Affairs and consumers over the Internet pay for these types of devices."
    If Medicare had adjusted its payments to approximately the price non-Medicare payers pay, the U.S. government would have saved an average of about $14.4 million for each of the six years, the report said.
    "Considering the strain retiring baby boomers will soon be placing on Medicare's budget, shouldn't we be focusing this entitlement program on real, life-saving treatment and equipment to serve the health needs of seniors - instead of subsidizing penis pump purchases?" Ben Domenech of the Heartland Institute think tank said in an email statement.
    "And to those seniors who really do want one," added Domenech, "just buy it yourself - you don't need to send the bill to your fellow Americans."

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    [video=youtube_share;I5Zk2vUmjpk]http://youtu.be/I5Zk2vUmjpk[/video]
     
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    Not surprising how much money the govt wastes.

    Plus I always thought penis pumps were gimmicky thing that didn't work
     
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    :facepalm:

    Anyone remember that Oklahoma judge several years back that would use a cock pump while presiding over cases?
     
  6. Woof

    Woof Liver Shots? VIP

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    On making the dick bigger......But they have to work on helping guys with issues to get hard.
     
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    i used to be a contract specialist for the federal gubment.

    the real fun would be at the end of the fiscal year when everybody had spend or lose money.
    if you don't spend it this year, it's assumed you don't need it and your next years money will be reduced.
    the millions that get pissed away on stupid stuff just because it's there.


    what a waste.
     
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    Yeah, that's how budgets work in the private sector too. Books are cooked everywhere at the end of their fiscal year.
     
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    they spend and spend and spend. at least they aren't buying votes all the time. or maybe they are..

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    how's the Free Healthcare working out for you, little boy?
     
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    Fixed that for ya. :up:
     
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    Actually, I am in the know on this program and it is mostly us helping phony veterans who need penis pumps to "help their confidence". What kind of crap is that?
     
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    I bought a penis pump once and tried it out... I guess it makes it "meatier" for a few seconds, but once you take it off it goes back to "normal." I'd like to try viagra one day on a day off and see how many times I can rub one out.
     
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    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    Just because you bought, own and use a penis pump, doesn't make you "in the know." :giggle:
     
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    Fixed that for ya. :up: the national debt today is $17.3 trillion
     
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    heh. hilarious.

    anyway, this whole thing is totally true.
     
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    The 6.3 would've been 5.6 less without ole dubbya though.
     
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    Which is in 8 years is STILL less than 4 years of the Chosen one. That being said, there is NOTHING for anyone to brag about when it comes to either Bush.
     
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    yeah it's all Bush :rolleyes: