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Penis pumps draining Medicare of millions
NY Post ^

Posted on 01/14/2014 10:11:45 AM PST by dead

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...

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“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 Domenici 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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
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Funny headline. Serious story though. Why are we paying for this?
1 posted on 01/14/2014 10:11:45 AM PST by dead
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To: dead

Government sucks.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 10:12:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dead
Why are we paying for this?

It makes it easier to screw us.

3 posted on 01/14/2014 10:12:56 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: dead

I bet it doesn’t reach six replies like the first time
it was posted.


4 posted on 01/14/2014 10:13:07 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: dead

It’s an FDA approved medical device.
Lots of folks are making good money “milking” Medicare.
Look at all the blood glucose test strips for sale on Craigslist and eBay.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 10:13:14 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: dead

                <LOL>

6 posted on 01/14/2014 10:13:45 AM PST by tomkat
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To: dead
"that's not mine, man!

CC

7 posted on 01/14/2014 10:14:12 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: dead

Who inserted the funding? Weiner?


8 posted on 01/14/2014 10:14:36 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: tet68

Moderator must still be asleep.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 10:15:15 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: dead

This blows.

“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.”


10 posted on 01/14/2014 10:15:42 AM PST by Amadeo
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To: tet68

Yeah, I saw the story someplace elese. Thought about posting it here.

But said to myself; “This is a “No Thanks” thread if ever I saw one.”


11 posted on 01/14/2014 10:16:33 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: dead

The Jokes just write themselves!


12 posted on 01/14/2014 10:16:44 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: dead

Them little blue pills ain’t cheap either.

Unless you buy them from India. Shhhh.


13 posted on 01/14/2014 10:17:40 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: dead

Even when Goverment is SUPPOSED to suck, it screws even THAT up. . .


14 posted on 01/14/2014 10:19:05 AM PST by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Amadeo

That’s $363.71 a piece. I doubt that’s only double the price...


15 posted on 01/14/2014 10:23:31 AM PST by jurroppi1
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To: dead

Do they actually work? Shouldn’t that be a criteria for their purchase? If not, then no way!..................


16 posted on 01/14/2014 10:23:34 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: jurroppi1

$363.71 a piece?

I can get a good Hoover Vac for less than that!.................


17 posted on 01/14/2014 10:24:54 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: dead

Medicare trust fund scam: just cash in those IOUs from one government account to to put it in another to spend by borrowing the $$$.

its magical $$$.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 10:27:37 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: dead
Why are we paying for this?

Because we have an out-of-control government, which is the nature of all Central Governments, but also a Federal Reserve which can print money and manipulate interest rates to finance it all.

19 posted on 01/14/2014 10:29:00 AM PST by PGR88
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To: dead
“shouldn’t we be focusing this Obamacare program on real, life-saving treatment and equipment to serve the health needs of seniors – instead of subsidizing contraceptive purchases?”
20 posted on 01/14/2014 10:29:04 AM PST by mikrofon (Goose .... Gander)
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To: dead

"Honest, it's not mine."

21 posted on 01/14/2014 10:29:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dead

“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.”

From Foodstamp purchases to Medicare, the anything goes gravey train rolls on (for now??).


22 posted on 01/14/2014 10:29:58 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Celtic Conservative

23 posted on 01/14/2014 10:31:26 AM PST by twister881
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To: dfwgator

Yeah, baby!


24 posted on 01/14/2014 10:31:52 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: dead

Your tax money. Hard at work.


25 posted on 01/14/2014 10:35:15 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: dead

Our President uses one of those on his head....


26 posted on 01/14/2014 10:35:53 AM PST by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: dead

The Post needs to give this headline writer a raise. A big fat one.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 10:36:46 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: dead

I did find it humorous that this story was posted by a guy named Dead...


28 posted on 01/14/2014 10:44:38 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: dead

We can’t just keep that up!


29 posted on 01/14/2014 10:47:11 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: dead

Anybody with any kind of a remotely health-related product to sell lobbies their way onto the approved list so that they can let it fly off the shelves at many times retail prices.


30 posted on 01/14/2014 10:47:21 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: billhilly

That’s the long and short of it.


31 posted on 01/14/2014 10:47:59 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dead

I’d read that only card carrying Democrats would be considered.


32 posted on 01/14/2014 10:51:43 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: dead

With a Hoveround AND a penis pump, great-grandpa will be UNSTOPPABLE.

And all at NO cost to him!

Is this a great country or what?


33 posted on 01/14/2014 10:53:11 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: dead

They were talking about this on KFI this morning — said you can get one for around $40. Figures the government would pay $300+ ... LOL


34 posted on 01/14/2014 10:56:06 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: dead

And this isn’t a problem that Cialis can fix???


35 posted on 01/14/2014 11:02:00 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: tet68

HHS will start an offical program for penis pump purchases.They can call it,”Toys for Old Boys.”


36 posted on 01/14/2014 11:02:15 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: dead

Yeah but $172 is only a drop (sorry) compared to what is spent to kill babies by women and the government for women’s “health care” issues.


37 posted on 01/14/2014 11:07:33 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: dead
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.

Who would ever imagine... over inflating the price of penis pumps.

38 posted on 01/14/2014 11:17:52 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: dead
Penis pumps draining Medicare the monster

There fixed it.

39 posted on 01/14/2014 11:19:25 AM PST by frithguild (The warmth and goodness of Gaia is a nuclear reactor in the Earth's core that burns Thorium)
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To: Amadeo
According to the Mayo Clinic, penis pumps are one of a few treatment options for erectile dysfunction.”

Not really, they can place stents in the critical places, popular option with homosexuals.

Have we forgotten the blue pills we provide for all who want them, no small expense.

40 posted on 01/14/2014 11:21:14 AM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: WayneS

He’s a little rascal, on his Little Rascal, with his little rascal.


41 posted on 01/14/2014 11:21:47 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Well done!


42 posted on 01/14/2014 11:22:31 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: dead
Gimme dat pump!

Won't stop til I drop with a smile.

screw the grand kids


43 posted on 01/14/2014 11:22:57 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: dead

We need more stiff competition. /s


44 posted on 01/14/2014 11:29:27 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: dead

That money is really going to Obama, congresspeople, Hillary and their buddies. Probably Soros too because he doesn’t want to really spend any of his own money. It’s probably our money that is supporting all of this including all the libs agendas.


45 posted on 01/14/2014 11:36:38 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Ahhh... I see what you did there.


46 posted on 01/14/2014 11:59:31 AM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: dead

I have a problem with Medicare overpaying for the devices.

But I don’t have a problem with Medicare providing the device to elderly who have a doctor’s prescription for it.


47 posted on 01/14/2014 12:03:16 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: JSteff

Where did you get the $172 figure? 172.4 million / 474 thousand claims is 363.71 each... or were you referring to the 172 million?


48 posted on 01/14/2014 12:06:44 PM PST by jurroppi1
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To: dead; All

Neither party will do anything about this..they are so afraid of losing erections


49 posted on 01/14/2014 12:08:32 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: nascarnation

Partly true, but only partly. A few years ago I went from one testing system to another and had a few hundred of the old test strips left over. I sold them on eBay.


50 posted on 01/14/2014 12:29:56 PM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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