Harry Reid's Viagra For Sex Offenders Problem -- Exposed

Sharon Angle's new ad points out that Harry Reid opposed a health care bill amendment that would have prohibited sex offenders from obtaining coverage for viagra-type drugs:



The truth:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released the memo from the Congressional Research Service regarding sex offenders and Viagra coverage under the new health care reform law.
Coburn asked the CRS to look into whether convicted sex offenders can get taxpayer-funded coverage for erectile dysfunction medication under the new health care law and CRS's response indicates they are eligible for those benefits.

According to CRS, the new health care law includes nothing "which would require qualified health plans to limit the type of benefits that can be offered based on the plan beneficiary’s prior criminal convictions. Additionally, there do not appear to be any provisions that would specifically restrict qualified health plans’ coverage of drugs prescribed to treat ED.”
The CRS goes further to state specifically that "a convicted rapist, child molester, or other sex offender who is not incarcerated would not appear to be excluded from enrolling in a qualified health plan offered through an American Health Benefit Exchange in their state solely because of that conviction.”

When the Senate was considering the health care bill, Coburn offered an amendment that would have prohibited sex offenders from obtaining coverage for erectile dysfunction under the reform plan, but it was defeated mostly along partisan lines, 57-42.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Non-partisan-report-backs-up-Coburn-on-Viagra-for-child-molesters-claim--90111092.html#ixzz11mKFizyA

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