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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/19/2010

Va.'s McDonnell cuts Viagra coverage

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has pulled funding for coverage of erectile dysfunction drugs from public employee health plans out of Virginia's two-year state budget, The Examiner reports.

The state has provided coverage of Viagra as part of the state worker insurance plan since the drug came on the market in the late 1990s. In December, former Gov. Tim Kaine in December proposed removing coverage for all erectile dysfunction medication as a way to save money, but the General Assembly quietly reinstated the drugs in March with no explanation. The state could save about $6.8 million a year by cutting out coverage for erectile dysfunction drugs and nonsedating antihistamines, as well as creating a new 90-day maintenance drug network.

The legislature could take up the matter on Wednesday when it will reconvene for a single-day session to consider McDonnell's proposed amendments and give final approval to the budget plan, which covers state spending for the coming two fiscal years.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
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In extremist leaning states, notably AZ, the legislature has tried repeatedly to outlaw birth control for women but mention outlawing erectile dysfunction medication??? Oh, my Lord!! It's all so Mormon.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | April 19, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Good for VA- this is a recreational drug, and the tax payers should not have to fund any type of ED drug!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 19, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

erectile dysfunction is a serious medical disorder that greatly affects a persons health and life. mcdonnell is a hypocrite. how can he claim he is pro-marriage and family, while at the same time denying people access to medication that can actually save marriages and keep families together?

Maybe having erectile dysfunction is ok for Mcdonnell, but it isn't ok for most men.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of sexually-repressed, effing morons. Afraid to say the words s-x, p-nis or vag-na. Wake up! Snap out of it! Are u nutz? Virginia: do you really want these people to represent you? They'll be flying out to save all the Terri Schaivo's next... do u really want that?!

Posted by: LawsLuvr | April 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, sounds like MarilynManson has some issues with wee willy wonka not working like it should. Serious ED itself is not a serious medical disorder, though it can be the symptom of several of them. The ED in and of itself is not harmfull or prevent the bodies daily functions to continue.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | April 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

good for the governor.
HOw many of you know that ED drugs are the #1 proscribed drug in the military?

Posted by: newagent99 | April 19, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There's no need for ED drugs in Virginia, because Bob McDonnell is screwing the entire Commonwealth.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

penny wise?

research supports that a healthy sex life means a healthy life... but McDonnell would rather people not be healthy if it gets him votes.

Posted by: kkrimmer | April 19, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

First things first, sasquatchbigfoot, that was brilliant!

Though not as brilliant as the cleverly understated phrase in the article: "but the General Assembly quietly reinstated the drugs in March with no explanation."

Let's see... bunch of (on average) older, not-in-the-best-of-shape men don't seem so keen to remove ED drugs from the state's benefits package... go figure.

Posted by: orgbluspider | April 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Just what you'd expect from someone who earned their master's (in what?) and law degree from Regent University, that farce established by Pat Robertson.

Does anybody remember S.S. Ordnungsbürge? Same sort of thing as Regent.

Posted by: carlianschwartz | April 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

People are so quick to deny a woman the right to an abortion, but interfere with an erection and there's civil war!
Sing it with me now:
"Every sperm is sacred..."

Posted by: lurkittyfb | April 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't you know that good Christians have no genitalia? All of their children are sent down in a beam of light by a gun-toting, American-flag-waving Jesus Christ so they can be raised to fight in His Army Of God to smite the homosexuals, loose women, Muslims, liberals, and other unAmerican dissidents!

Posted by: CAC2 | April 19, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

ED is the result of several other serious health conditions - diabetes, heart disease, neurologic or hormonal problems. the point? maybe if your body thinks you aren't healthy enough to do it, you probably shouldn't - at least work on the causes first, is all im saying.

What kind of drug coctails do sufferers have to go on after starting an ED treatment regimene (to keep their now functioning body parts from causing a catosrauphic heart failure)? food for thought ...

Posted by: 1142739192 | April 19, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I don´t usually agree with this Governor but he´s right on this one. Good for him.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | April 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the Republicans to fight for getting this in...or should I say up?

Are they all that dysfunctional! Only their mistresses know!

Posted by: Badger21 | April 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@pkbishop1: "It's all so Mormon"? I don't know—looking at family size data, I'd have to think that particular religious group was the wrong one to bring into the discussion.

Posted by: dfbdfb | April 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

erectile dysfunction is a serious medical disorder that greatly affects a persons health and life. mcdonnell is a hypocrite. how can he claim he is pro-marriage and family, while at the same time denying people access to medication that can actually save marriages and keep families together?

Maybe having erectile dysfunction is ok for Mcdonnell, but it isn't ok for most men.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse
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You know so are acne and hemorrhoids. But I think you should wash your face and get off your ASH.

Besides - and I hope the Guv uses this -- if God meant you to get get it up, then it would be up now wouldn't it.

Posted by: racerdoc | April 19, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Erectile dysfunction can be resolved by simply reading the Bible. Those guys who are fixated on greed, aggression, and other stress-producing behaviors are getting divine punishment and where it hurts the most.

Posted by: prolgazinternet | April 19, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, looky here, an elected official actually making some sense. Christie and this in one week? I don't think I can take it!

Posted by: CaPatriot | April 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

YAY! And then use the money saved to flood high schools with condoms. Let's get this unwed, unwanted birth rate under control.

And I'm going to guess that there are a lot of women out there sighing in relief and secretly thanking McDonnell.

Posted by: mcleangirl | April 19, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually agree with Gov. McDonnell, but when he starts talking about cutting the "Cadillac" health plans enjoyed by state employees at taxpayer expense, I'm with him. Several ED drugs and also nonsedating antihistimines are now generic, and should be quite affordable on a state employee's salary.

Posted by: swmuva | April 19, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Good for him! Actually, as these are a type of "performance enhancing drugs", there is no reason for any prescription plan to cover them--nobody HAS to take them, it's a choice. It's good to see someone who doesn't see them as an entitlement that we all have to pay for.

Posted by: sober1 | April 19, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Given the current economy and the state budget shortfalls, it would have been hard to continue this program.

Posted by: CubsFan | April 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Virginia elected an extreme conservative. This is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Another reason it is necessary to study the candidates before voting. Hopefully, the general public will do their homework before electing some of the right wing lunatics running this fall.

Posted by: pgmichigan | April 20, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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