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Leftists Like Sex Offenders

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Sen. Tom Coburn has released his list of amendments to the reconciliation bill. Democrats will try to defeat all the amendments, if possible, to avoid another vote in the House.

But Republicans will make that goal as tough as possible.

So the first amendment Coburn is offering is pretty tough, politically, to disagree with.

It would ban the government from covering erectile dysfunction medication for sex offenders who get their insurance on the exchanges.

While banning the coverage of those drugs would save money, it would also create new policy. And under budget rules, would probably need 60 votes instead of the 51 usually required during budget reconciliation.

Either way, Democrats will probably have to plug their noses and vote against the amendment. Then they’ll be on record with the vote.

You can imagine the campaign commercial… cue scary music… “Politician X wants to give Viagra to sex offenders…”

The full list of Coburn’s amendments (he’s only one Senator, expect many many more) is below, as released by his office:

1. No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders – This amendment would enact recommendations from the Government Accountability Office to stop fraudulent payments for prescription drugs prescribed by dead providers or, to dead patients. This amendment also prohibits coverage of Viagra and other ED medications to convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders, and prohibits coverage of abortion drugs. (Note: the creation of exchanges could allow sex offenders to receive taxpayer-funded Viagra and other ED drugs unless Congress expressly prohibits this action – see additional background attached)

Health Reform and Viagra for Sex Offenders? - The Note
 

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Wow, just when you thought they couldn't get any worse .........
 

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Yup, just as predicted:

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/03/24/gonna-backfire/#comments


But hey, here's a good response:

Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party suggested that Senator Tom Coburn expand his proposed amendment to the health care reconciliation bill prohibiting coverage of erectile dysfunction medications to child molesters, rapists and sex offenders to include those who admit or are convicted of prostitution or prostitution-related crimes.

“If Senator Coburn believes that federal law should not allow coverage of erectile dysfunction medications to folks whose impulses have led them to break the law, then surely he would agree that anyone who has admitted or been found guilty of involvement with prostitution should not be covered either,” said Louisiana Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Franck.

“Of course, there’s a slight chance that Senator Coburn’s amendment is simply a partisan ploy aimed at neutering health care reform,” Franck said. “In which case, our only suggestion to Senator Coburn is to stop playing games and get serious.”



Quiz time, folks: who was Mr. Franck alluding to when he made the above statement?
 

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I don't think Viagra should be covered by insurance, period.

But it's funny that Republicans are using this week to suggest stupid laws so they have campaign commercials in the fall.

Republicans - the party that puts their party before America.
 

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Gee Zoom, could be a bit more honest about why Tom is offering up this amendment now.

While banning the coverage of those drugs would save money, it would also create new policy. And under budget rules, would probably need 60 votes instead of the 51 usually required during budget reconciliation.

So while Tom and his fellow other Republicans are now offering up amendments trying to act like patriotic Americans, in reality, all they're doing is playing political games.
 

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Hmm. I think it's a valid issue. And no you can't compare prostitution to child molestation.

Pretty smart politics IMHO.
 

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It's a sneaky ploy by Cons .. to change the bill in anyway would send it back to congress.
 

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Gee Zoom, could be a bit more honest about why Tom is offering up this amendment now.

While banning the coverage of those drugs would save money, it would also create new policy. And under budget rules, would probably need 60 votes instead of the 51 usually required during budget reconciliation.
So while Tom and his fellow other Republicans are now offering up amendments trying to act like patriotic Americans, in reality, all they're doing is playing political games.
And using women as tools. Awesome.
 

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If Coburn feels so strongly about this amendment, he can offer it up. Right now after this bill passes.

That way, the focus can be on that bill and that bill alone. If he still believes in it in that case.
 

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If Coburn feels so strongly about this amendment, he can offer it up. Right now after this bill passes.

That way, the focus can be on that bill and that bill alone. If he still believes in it in that case.

But now during debate is when you offer amendments Not after a bill is law.
 

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But now during debate is when you offer amendments Not after a bill is law.

You seem to not get what I'm saying. He can turn this amendment into a bill and offer it up as that. After this is done with.

What the Republicans are doing here is intentionally dishonest.
 

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Hmm. I think it's a valid issue. And no you can't compare prostitution to child molestation.

Pretty smart politics IMHO.

Nah, I think you're smart enough to know the real reason this and other amendments are being brought up by Republicans.
 

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But now during debate is when you offer amendments Not after a bill is law.

You seem to not get what I'm saying. He can turn this amendment into a bill and offer it up as that. After this is done with.

What the Republicans are doing here is intentionally dishonest.

He can do that. Or he can make the Dems look ignorant and offer it now. As I said, Pretty smart politics.
 

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He can do that. Or he can make the Dems look ignorant and offer it now. As I said, Pretty smart politics.

And a case example of putting politics over people.

Problem for them is that if they try this, it will backfire in November.
 

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I worry that some woman is scheduled for surgery to be done by Coburn.
 

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Gee Zoom, could be a bit more honest about why Tom is offering up this amendment now.

While banning the coverage of those drugs would save money, it would also create new policy. And under budget rules, would probably need 60 votes instead of the 51 usually required during budget reconciliation.

So while Tom and his fellow other Republicans are now offering up amendments trying to act like patriotic Americans, in reality, all they're doing is playing political games.

Leftists also don't like Jessica's Law, but righties support it, coincidence ?
 

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It's a sneaky ploy by Cons .. to change the bill in anyway would send it back to congress.

ya...they should just lie down and do whatever the dems want...it isn't like anyone in america thinks this whole thing as structured is a bad idea.....

thank god the dems ignored everyone and voted this in.....
 

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