By Gaetana Drake
We’ve all heard much about whether or not insurances should cover contraception for women. I’m sure we each have our own opinions. Many people are opposed to federal funding for birth control and abortions for low-income women, saying they don’t want their tax dollars used for that purpose. I understand that. But did you realize that your tax dollars are paying for penile implants for men over 65?
There is a push to allow employers to deny coverage for contraception unless it is used for some other purpose, such as controlling menstrual cycles, preventing ovarian cysts, controlling endometriosis. These purposes have a health benefit. Some proposed bills would require that a woman provide her medical records to her employer in order to prove she is not using the pill for it’s real purpose – contraception. Many people believe birth control is mainly for “recreational purposes” and no employer should be required to cover it. Mind you, they are talking about women who are paying for their private insurance and lawmakers would like to ban private insurance from being required to cover contraception.
Now we find that men over 65 can use their Medicare coverage (or their private insurance, if it covers them) for penile implants. There is no health benefit to these implants. They are purely for recreational purposes. Not even for procreation. Just recreational sex. Why is it no one has a problem with insurances covering “recreational” items for men? Insurances don’t cover breast implants (unless they are reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy). Generally speaking, breast implants are for “recreational” purposes. I wonder if a woman over the age of 65 can have Medicare pay for breast implants?
Personally, I object to my tax dollars being used for a 65 year old man to get a penile implant just for “recreational” purposes. I would much rather my tax dollars go to contraception for low income women, which benefits all of us in the long run. I don’t see the benefit to society in general in an elderly man using my tax dollars for his penile implant. Do you?