Taxpayers Paid Nearly $175M for Penis Pumps Between 2006 and 2011

Taxpayers paid nearly $175 million for vacuum erection systems (VES), commonly known as “penis pumps,” from 2006 to 2011, according to an inspector general report released on Monday.

The federal government paid more than double the retail price for VES, the Department of Health and Human Services IG found. Medicare prices for the systems, the report said, “remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay.”

Medicare paid 473,620 VES claims during calendar years 2006 through 2011, according to the IG report.

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  • Onslaught1066

    How else could a *rob port* like basement dwelling troglodyte guy get up in the morning?

  • Bat 1

    No doubt it was a bunch of liberal Democrats getting “pumped up” to screw the American public.

  • awfulorv

    Do you take it off before sex, or do you seek out women who have given birth twenty, or more, times?

  • Yukon

    Too bad the Supreme Court can’t apply punitive damages, I would make sure the state of Illinois and the Union would pay till it hurt,