Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Adult Diapers, Penis Pumps and Mobility Scooters"

                                                   
Do you ever watch those commercials that cater to the aged?  All manner of products aimed toward the "Medicare Set" are offered in carefully tailored presentations.  The TV network wonks have advertizing demographics down to a science.  The old 80's shows on TV Land seemed to be all sponsored by companies marketing to the age group who visit them most often, those who were "prime-timers" when LaVerne and Shirley were "Sha-banging and sha-meeling" out on their front walk. 

The Medicare Set's viewership is rewarded by such disparate offerings as adult incontinence products, penis pumps and mobility scooters, and by god, they'll even show you how to get Medicare to pay for it! 

Look, I don't have any problem with Medicare to cover medical treatment and hospitalization; I'll be there myself in a few years.  However, in these critical budgetary times I wondered just how Medicare became so all-encompassing that Uncle Sugar can pay for every single medical need!  At what point does the individual take some responsibility for even a meager amount of their medical treatment?  Must we really pay for penis pumps for seniors?  Are seniors really having that much sex?  When seniors reach the age of 65, are they all relegated to a mobility scooter?  And, if so, can't someone in their immediate family contribute something to take care of mom and pop? Finally, how in hell are these seniors needing a mobility scooter to get around but still have the stamina for sex and penis pumps?   I recently read a report by the Washington Post that the Medicare program is paying four times the actual cost of motorized wheel chairs!  This fraud is rampant throughout the program.  That's why I'm so damned angry that the feds continue to want to run the entire healthcare system; there is just too little oversight and too damn much fraud! 

If you've read my previous blog entries you know that my prime concern about Medicare/Medicaid are the numbers of people who have absolutely no business getting this assistance; illegal aliens, anchor babies and folks getting paid in cash and gaming the social service system by reporting lower than actual earnings.  However, there is also fraud throughout the Medicare/Medicaid program which includes seniors receiving bennies that we just can't afford!  By all means, lets pay for medical care and treatments for our most vulnerable citizens.  But, by God, I'll be damned if I'm happy paying for Penis Pumps for Grandpa who's apparently having more sex than I am!

                                                              

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any reasonable attempts at keeping medical costs somewhat affordable are going to have to center on delivering what is medically necessary. (And no frills). And until the free rider problem is addressed in all taxpayer supported services costs will keep spiraling out of control and this country will not gain back it's productivity and prosperity. jo

Anonymous said...

Agreed! But I gotta ask, what programs do YOU watch that advertise penis pumps?

JustCommonSense said...

LOL, Anon! You must be an early sleeper, late riser; late night/early morning old Perry Mason shows, A&E carries them and I think TV land does too. You can also find them advertised on the internet (complete with info on how to get Medicare/Medicaid to pay for it!) Thanks for posting.

PatricParamedic said...

And of course, the purpose of thousands of hours of pharmaceutical commercials is to foster a drug-dependant society.

How's that working out for so far?

(see Medical Maniacs website for just how bad physician behavior is)

grenadavet said...

It's too bad that the average American forgets that the primary purpose of a pharmaceutical company is to make a profit-along with the rest of the medical establishment. They put doctors up on pedestals. The only doctors I have any respect for are those invovled in working on a voluteeer basis, such as refugee camps and other third world scenarios, where there is no profit to be made.

grenadavet said...

Also let's not forget the medical establishment primary goal of treating symptomologies, not cures. After all, where is the profit in actually curing disease? Way more profit in justcreating drug "therapies" with side effects to be alleviated with more drug "therapy".

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