Medicare spent $172m on penis pumps over last 5 years (video)

Wow. The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee interviews NARAL President Ilyse Hogue about the federal government’s double-standard on funding women’s health, especially GOP opposition to covering contraceptives in Obamacare.

Then – surprise, surprise – we find out that Medicare has spent $172 million on penis pumps for men over the past five years.  And you don’t hear a lot of Republicans upset about all those octogenarian “sl*ts” (as Rush Limbaugh calls people who rely on the federal government to fund their sexual health) pumping at the federal teat.

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A lot of us know Ilyse. She’s a long-time member in good standing of the progressive Netroots, and it’s nice to see her get the recognition she deserves.  But boy, going on the Daily Show and keeping a straight face has gotta be tough. I envy her, and I don’t envy her.

Enjoy.  It’s a good one.  And important.


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  • leviguy1947

    You seriously ask and seriously expect us to pacify your sorry ass? I guess Bill from Dover has never bent her over. try using your brain (your big head) before showing us you have no idea what your little heaad can do. UNLESS YOU ARE TOO SENSITIVE, BEING AN INTELLECTUAL PROGRESSIVE AND ALL…..

  • 1jetpackangel

    I had an ex-boyfriend who BUILT one. Out of a vacuum cleaner. I don’t know if I was more afraid or impressed. (Never saw him use it, either. If he did when I wasn’t home, I didn’t notice any change.)

    After a while, I decided to go with impressed, because a friend who helped me move found it, and actually took it with him so he could show all his friends because he couldn’t stop laughing at it.

  • Silver_Witch

    Oh my gosh Bill now that I put my trifocals on I see you may well be a fish…color me embarrassed.

    If my man brought one of those home I would have to try really hard not to laugh…and I fear I would fail!

  • BillFromDover

    And all this time, I thought I was some kinda fuckin’ fish.

    I’m gonna have to get back to my grand kids to find out exactly what I am.

    Will report forthwith.

  • Silver_Witch

    Bill you Quacked Me Up….

  • BillFromDover

    But… without penis pumps, why would otherwise unfulfilled whore-sluts need free Obamacare knocked up pills?

  • BillFromDover

    Seriously, which partner is the ultimate benefactor of a penis full of air?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    True. In the Bible, women are property and pleasure is irrelevant.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    You almost made me do a spit-take. ;-)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Preach it, sister!

  • Yes I do.

    Google “clitoris”.

  • 2karmanot

    There is a difference between a hard salami and a pumped up loaf of Wonder Bread.

  • nicho

    Yes, of course, but some people also like the traditional method as well as the variations. After all, many lesbians do go out and buy the strap-ons.

  • nicho

    That may work for some, but not everyone.

  • nicho

    I assume you have some data to back that up.

  • Silver_Witch

    You know this bit made me so darn mad. Why is it that men are so anti-women about birth control (granted some women too), yet they get to have fully functioning penises no matter what. I am so sick of the clear woman hatred and the faux war between the sexes that the Right is trying to start between us.

    Look women need birth control, men need women to have birth control…

    Women who don’t want men in the delivery room when they are giving birth should have that right, as well as letting them in. Gosh it is your private bits…and very messy. That man better love the heck out of you to be their holding your hand and encouraging you to breath – yet tons of Mouth Breathers (yes Mouth Breathers) are on the Right leaning sites going on and on about how they have lost the right to FORCE a women to let them be in the delivery room (New Jersey ruling).

    Get over – women have parts, women get pregnant, and WOMEN get to decide.

    Dont’ like it – take your Penis and its pump elsewhere….or as they say on the Right – just keep your knees together – I have heard holding an asprin between them helps.

  • Um, no.

    Um, you do know that most women aren’t just satisfied by a pumped up penis, don’t you?

  • cold340t

    Thats NOT what the BIble says!!!!!! :)

  • cold340t

    If men could get pregnant, Abortion Clinics would be as common as McDonalds. She is right about the silence of the USERS of this device, Government Office holders they!

  • Silver_Witch

    Just as an FYI there are lots of things a husband and wife can do without a working penis…they are nice, don’t get me wrong – but sometimes they just stop working and there isn’t anything you can do about it.

    Also, I would think that Birth Control would benefit men as much as women – but it doesn’t seem that is they way Men see it.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Last I checked, neither my wife nor I have penises.

    Also, there are plenty of ways to pleasure a woman that depend not at all on penis in va-jay-jay action.

  • nicho

    You do realize that penis pumps benefit women as much as men. If hubby can’t get it up, then the wife is going without too.

  • Drew2u

    Hey Guys, one of my friends is a salaried manager so the new Presidential Mandate would apply to her. I wanted to find out when it started, if it’s retroactive to a point, and when she could start expecting her business to comply. I did a simple Google search and holy-batshit-crazy. As a general point, maybe this is why progressives have such a tough time. Forget “Liberal-slant”, out of the top 15 links, only 1 is a neutral, full article. The rest are either paragraph summaries or from Right-Wing sites (note: links are not links because yeah):

    News for president mandate overtime

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    Christian Broadcasting Network ‎- 1 day ago
    President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House …

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    1 day ago – Chad’s Morning Brief: President Obama to Change Overtime Rules, … Big businesses get a pass on a punitive mandate that hurts them, but …

    Hilsenrath: Obama’s Overtime Mandate – WSJ.com
    online.wsj.com/…/SB1000142405270230373080…‎
    The Wall Street Journal
    1 day ago – President Obama is moving to extend the overtime pay of labor workers by changing the implementation of the National Fair Labor Standards …

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    online.wsj.com/…/SB1000142405270230470450…‎
    The Wall Street Journal
    1 day ago – President Barack Obama is expected to order a rule change this week that would require employers to pay overtime to a larger number of salaried workers. … Opinion: ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption.

    Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating …
    weaselzippers.us/179105-imperial-president-to-issue-new-executive-orde…‎
    2 days ago – Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating Companies Pay Salaried Workers For Overtime… Here comes that pen he’s been …

    Obama to anger businesses with order to expand overtime pay …
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/…/obama-to-anger-businesses-with-ord…‎
    by Tom Tillison1 day ago – Having previously declared that he has a pen, President Obama will put … and mandates that businesses provide overtime pay for millions of …

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    Bloomberg L.P.
    2 days ago – Some U.S. workers who don’t get overtime compensation under what’s known as … to collect extra pay under revised regulations President Barack Obama plans to order … I am not in favor of mandatory “overtime pay” rules.

    Businesses chafe at proposed overtime rules – USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/…overtime…/6325693/‎
    USA Today
    2 days ago – President Obama on Thursday plans to order the Labor Department to … workers are exempt from the time-and-a-half overtime pay mandate if …

    #tcot #cbn #news Critics: Obama Overtime Pay Mandate a ‘Job Killer …
    inagist.com/all/444328848025337856/
    9 hours ago – President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House …

    Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating …
    evilofindifference.wordpress.com › Uncategorized‎
    2 days ago – President Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime … Order Mandating Companies Pay Salaried Workers For Overtime…

    Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating …
    http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/obama-to-order-overtime-overhaul‎
    2 days ago – Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating Companies Pay Salaried
    Workers For Overtime… RedFlag · March 12, 2014.

    #tcot #cbn #news New Obama Mandate: Overtime Pay: President …
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    2 days ago – President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House …

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    1 day ago – This afternoon, the president will sign a presidential memorandum on … “The overtime rules that establish the 40-hour workweek, a linchpin of the … protections” mandated by the Supreme Court to prosecute a witness in …

    With that, I still don’t know how it’s supposed to kick in and when. I get if anyone makes under $455/wk or under $50,000/yr, they’d be eligible, but when, how, and who?

  • Drew2u

    Hey Guys, one of my friends is a salaried manager so the new Presidential Mandate would apply to her. I wanted to find out when it started, if it’s retroactive to a point, and when she could start expecting her business to comply. I did a simple Google search and holy-batshit-crazy. As a general point, maybe this is why progressives have such a tough time. Forget “Liberal-slant”, out of the top 15 links, only 1 is a neutral, full article. The rest are either paragraph summaries or from Right-Wing sites (note: links are not links because yeah):

    News for president mandate overtime

    Critics: Obama Overtime Pay Mandate a ‘Job Killer’
    Christian Broadcasting Network ‎- 1 day ago
    President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House …

    Businesses chafe at proposed overtime rules
    USA TODAY‎ – 1 day ago

    More news for president mandate overtime

    Obama to order expansion of overtime pay for millions of workers …
    http://www.foxnews.com/…/obama-to-reportedly-order-exp…‎
    Fox News Channel
    2 days ago – President Obama, flexing his executive authority once again, plans to … Act reportedly would mandate that businesses provide overtime pay for …

    Chad’s Morning Brief: President Obama to Change Overtime Rules …
    kfyo.com/chads-morning-brief-president-obama-to-change-overti…‎
    KFYO
    1 day ago – Chad’s Morning Brief: President Obama to Change Overtime Rules, … Big businesses get a pass on a punitive mandate that hurts them, but …

    Hilsenrath: Obama’s Overtime Mandate – WSJ.com
    online.wsj.com/…/SB1000142405270230373080…‎
    The Wall Street Journal
    1 day ago – President Obama is moving to extend the overtime pay of labor workers by changing the implementation of the National Fair Labor Standards …

    Obama Seeks to Expand Overtime Eligibility – WSJ.com
    online.wsj.com/…/SB1000142405270230470450…‎
    The Wall Street Journal
    1 day ago – President Barack Obama is expected to order a rule change this week that would require employers to pay overtime to a larger number of salaried workers. … Opinion: ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption.

    Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating …
    weaselzippers.us/179105-imperial-president-to-issue-new-executive-orde…‎
    2 days ago – Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating Companies Pay Salaried Workers For Overtime… Here comes that pen he’s been …

    Obama to anger businesses with order to expand overtime pay …
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/…/obama-to-anger-businesses-with-ord…‎
    by Tom Tillison1 day ago – Having previously declared that he has a pen, President Obama will put … and mandates that businesses provide overtime pay for millions of …

    Overtime Pay Would Reach More Workers Under Obama Order …
    http://www.bloomberg.com/…/overtime-pay-said-to-reach-mor…‎
    Bloomberg L.P.
    2 days ago – Some U.S. workers who don’t get overtime compensation under what’s known as … to collect extra pay under revised regulations President Barack Obama plans to order … I am not in favor of mandatory “overtime pay” rules.

    Businesses chafe at proposed overtime rules – USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/…overtime…/6325693/‎
    USA Today
    2 days ago – President Obama on Thursday plans to order the Labor Department to … workers are exempt from the time-and-a-half overtime pay mandate if …

    #tcot #cbn #news Critics: Obama Overtime Pay Mandate a ‘Job Killer …
    inagist.com/all/444328848025337856/
    9 hours ago – President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House …

    Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating …
    evilofindifference.wordpress.com › Uncategorized‎
    2 days ago – President Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime … Order Mandating Companies Pay Salaried Workers For Overtime…

    Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating …
    http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/obama-to-order-overtime-overhaul‎
    2 days ago – Imperial President To Issue New Executive Order Mandating Companies Pay Salaried
    Workers For Overtime… RedFlag · March 12, 2014.

    #tcot #cbn #news New Obama Mandate: Overtime Pay: President …
    inagist.com/all/443835338914410496/
    2 days ago – President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House …

    Obama Working Overtime – ABC News
    abcnews.go.com › ABC News Blogs › Politics › The Note
    ABC News
    1 day ago – This afternoon, the president will sign a presidential memorandum on … “The overtime rules that establish the 40-hour workweek, a linchpin of the … protections” mandated by the Supreme Court to prosecute a witness in …

    With that, I still don’t know how it’s supposed to kick in and when. I get if anyone makes under $455/wk or under $50,000/yr, they’d be eligible, but when, how, and who?

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