“Daily Show” Exposes $172 Million in Federal Penis Pump Spending

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Photo Credit: www.morguefile.com

“Daily Show” correspondent Samantha Bee has uncovered a striking figure: While Obamacare critics object to its covering contraception for women, no lawmakers have attacked the $172 million in Medicare spending on penis pumps.

“Penis pumps are vacuum tubes that help men attain erections, cost the government $360 each,” according to Ilyse Hogue, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. Medicare spent $172 million on penis pump claims from 2006 to 2011, NBC News reported.

“So for less than a dollar a day, a man can restore the glory of his erection?” she said on “The Daily Show” Wednesday night. “That’s amazing!”

She also said Hogue’s criticism of the situation seems misplaced.

“She just didn’t understand that women’s selfish desire for sexual health and gynecological exams pales in comparison to men’s need to deal with erectile dysfunction,” Bee said.

“These are hardworking American penises,” she added. “Should we really be abandoning them at the end of their careers?”

Bee and Hogue also speculated about why lawmakers haven’t declared war on penis pump spending.

“Statistics show that probably some members of our Congress have a vested interested in having penis pumps covered,” Hogue gently suggested.

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