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Tilting at Windmills

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May 24, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

VIAGRA!....Should Medicaid pay for Viagra prescriptions? Eh, probably not. But if it does, is it outrageous that convicted sex offenders who have done their time are eligible along with everyone else? Lindsay Beyerstein says no:

Medicaid covers Viagra for anyone for whom it is medically indicated. You don't have to undergo a criminal record to get any other kind of medical treatment. Pickpockets can be treated for carpal tunnel, peeping toms for ADD, and embezzelers for dyslexia and that's exactly how it should be.

But....but....Lindsay....this is about sex! It's completely different!

Don't you just hate this stuff? Lindsay is plainly right on the merits, but once again conservatives have managed to dredge up a bizarre non-issue designed to make anyone with any sense look like a moral pervert. You either vote to ban Viagra for these people or else you're aiding and abetting child abuse. And there isn't a local news station in the country that can resist running with this story.

Maybe obsessing over filibusters wasn't such a bad idea after all. I kinda miss it already.

Kevin Drum 1:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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