Federally-Funded Penis Pumps Are A Real Thing

At $360 a pop, Medicare has spent a total of $172 million on penis pumps over the last five years, Samantha Bee learned in a recent report for the Daily Show. That’s a total of 477,777 federally-funded penis pumps.

Bee interviewed NARAL president Ilyse Hogue about the double standards in the debate over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Some lawmakers believe women should have to pay for their own birth control. Viagra and penis pumps, however, should remain covered.

So why the discrepancy?

“Statistics show that probably some members of our congress have a vested interest in having penis pumps covered,” Hogue explained as images of several white-haired congressman rolled across the screen.

What do you think? Should penis pumps be covered by Medicare when birth control is not?

Check out Bee’s hilarious investigation here.