“How would you like it if we singled out Viagara?”
“There’s nothing in this amendment that says if a man someday wants to buy Viagra, for example, that his pharmaceutical coverage cannot cover it, that he has to buy a rider. I wouldn’t support that. And they shouldn’t support going after a woman using her own private funds for her reproductive health care. Is it fair to say to a man you’re going to have to buy a rider to buy Viagra and this will be public information that could be accessed? No, I don’t support that. I support a man’s privacy, just as I support a woman’s privacy.” – Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
I’ve been saying the same thing for a long time. It’s like when women who have insurance want to buy “The Pill”, they have to pay for it out of pocket. Insurance will cover a man’s ability to buy Viagra, but they won’t pay for birth control pills for women. Women have to sign forms that say that things like pap smears and annual checkups at a gynecologist might not be covered because they might not be seen as necessary. I bet if a man needed to go to a urologist, his insurer would bend over backwards to pay for it.