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Offenders Must Not Get Medicaid for Viagra
In a letter to the states, CMS Director Dennis Smith said states should review their procedures and work with physicians and pharmacists to prevent Medicaid payment for sex offenders’ impotence drugs. Providing the drugs to sex offenders could “constitute fraud, abuse or inappropriate use of Medicaid funds,” he wrote.

Now remember the only reason states are paying for these drugs is because Medicaid said they had to pay for them.

As long as government is this heaviliy involved in people’s lives, these kinds of decisions have to be made by the most inappropriate people – politicians. Clearly if these offenders need Viagra to commit their crimes, they shouldn’t have it. But if they are using it to engage in ordinary sex lives (which would seem to be a good thing – partial proof of rehabilition) and it’s available to others, I’m not clear why they shouldn’t get it. On the other hand, I’m not clear why if these guys are such a threat, they are out of prison in the first place.

It rather reminds me of what a friend of mine said about not allowing felons who had completed their sentence (including any probation/parole) to own firearms. If we can trust them to be out of prison we should be able to trust them with firearms. If we can’t, they should still be in prison.

Maybe Pfizer should adopt a new slogan: “Remember, Viagra doesn’t rape people, people rape people.”

Seriously, if the subsidy of Viagra for sex offenders resulted in more sex offenses it would be a tragedy. But being surprised that states are following the rules reveals nothing so much as the naivety of liberals who favor government providing everything from cradle to grave and think that every potential for harm can be finetuned from Washington.

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