Teachers union wants tax-funded Viagra

With hundreds of teachers facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers’ union is fighting in court to get Viagra coverage back in its health plan, reports AP.

. . . the union has argued, so far unsuccessfully, that the board’s policy of excluding erectile-dysfunction drugs discriminates against male employees. The union says Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and others are necessary treatment for “an exclusively gender-related condition.”

Via Flypaper.

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  1. Hmm…. just might work. It’s the same argument that’s forced some Catholic colleges to include contraception coverage in their employee health plans. Though fighting for viagra when jobs are on the line does make them look silly.

  2. Roger Sweeny says:

    Just another way new teachers are screwed by the union. (You know you wanted to say it.)

  3. Homeschooling Granny says:

    All the people without jobs now are going to love the unions for this one. Really good public relations move.

  4. I was under the impression that the prospect of another $10 billion from the federal government to prevent teacher layoffs obviated the need for erectile dysfunction drugs.

  5. You have to wonder whether this issue is personal for one or more of the union leaders.

  6. You know who else gets Viagra covered by insurance? Congress.

  7. notfunny says:

    OK, I’m not going to post this under my usual name.

    But seriously, can y’all grow up?

    I have ED because of side effects from 3 different hypertension & heart medications I am on. I just cannot get nor maintain an erection. However, these ED drugs work for me. Trust me, if you were in a serious relationship or married, and it was impossible for you to get an erection, it would create much strain in your relationship. I’m sure some people abuse these drugs… and the commercials make it seem almost trivial and funny… but for millions of men, this is not simply a “luxury” drug. Ask our partners/spouses.

  8. SuperSub says:

    Awe…come on. Teachers need to stand up for their rights (pun intended).

    Any more one-liners?

  9. “With hundreds of teachers facing layoffs…” By extension then your argument is that in the “good times” school board and the public will happily increase the benefits that were given away? Don’t hold your breath. According to the article this is an ongoing labor dispute dating back 2 years. Milwaukee canceled this benefit before this recession was recognized. The union is doing what a union is supposed to do, what it is paid to do by its members. By the way, did you happen to note that one the rationales being used by the district is that the purpose of viagra is for recreational sex? Shouldn’t someone point out that, so long as it does not enter the classroom, the sexual lives of employees, whether it be recreational or procreational, is none of the districts business?

  10. “Just another way new teachers are screwed by the union. (You know you wanted to say it.)”

    Or, another way for the teachers’ union to screw the public. (You know that someone needed to say it.)

  11. It’s not like Viagra costs $1000s of dollars. Want a hard-on? Pay for it yourself. I’ll be glad to forward some email messages I’ve gotten that promise engorged love-pistons for pennies.

  12. I didn’t know Viagra was that expensive.

  13. Roger Sweeny says:

    The union is doing what a union is supposed to do.

    Is it? Union members are not all the same. Those who have seniority value pay and benefits. Those who are starting want to keep their bleeping jobs. The union seems to be privileging the first at the expense of the second.

  14. And notfunny is right. ED is related to many otherwise-uncontrollable medical conditions and lack of sex is no good for happy, stable marriages. Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I don’t see why Viagra and related medications shouldn’t be covered for people who need it.

  15. notfunny says:

    KateC,

    By your logic, women’s birth control should not be covered.
    You want sex and don’t want to get pregnant, tell your partner to use a condom or buy birth control yourself? Right?

    Anti-depressants? Pay for it yourself.

    Allergy medicine? Pay for it yourself.

    Indigestion medicine? Pay for it yourself.

    Or is it just ED medicine becauase it seems “funny” and “trivial” and “just for recreation”?

  16. What we have here is a major bone of contention. Pun intended.