Sunday, 27 February 2011
This is a guest post from Just A Guy Thing.
By now, even if you only have a passing interest in the news, you have picked up on the unpleasantness in Wisconsin regarding their budget crisis.
Well, the protesters have a point, especially given the Milwauke School District's eagerness to include erectile dysfunction pills in their health insurance plan, a move that cost taxpayers an estimated $786,000. From the ABC news:
Two years ago, the Milwaukee school district decided that it was more interested in enhancing teacher performance in the classroom than the bedroom.
The district cut Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs like Cialis and Levitra from its health insurance plan, hoping to save $786,000 a year.
Officials said too many teachers were using the expensive drugs for recreation, swelling their insurance rates. An estimated 1,000 of the 10,000 school’s staff, which includes employees, dependents and retirees, were using the drugs.
Now, teachers are fighting to get the benefit back with a lawsuit. The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) argues that the new policy discriminates unfairly against men and “creates barriers” to receiving necessary medical treatment.
Awesome. No wonder the librarians were so relaxed. Also, props to ABC news for dropping the phrase “swelling their insurance rates.” Among other things, no doubt. I have a Milwaukee school teacher fetish, so type of news is right in my wheelhouse. It’s just too bad I missed my window.
DAMN YOU BUDGET OVERRUNS!