Tuesday, May 24, 2005

You've Been Buying Viagra...

...for LEVEL THREE sex offenders. These men are classified level 3 because they are the most likely to commit crimes again.

Over the weekend it was discovered (during an audit) that these felons, through a loop hole in the system, have been receiving Viagra courtesy of Medicaid...(a.k.a. You, the taxpayer). This has been going on for FOUR years. There are some in this group (comprised of approximately 200) that have committed crimes as heinous as raping children under two years old.

"According to Hevesi (Comptroller Alan Hevesi in a report to Michael Leavitt, secretary of Health and Human Services), his office determined in its audit that the victims of the sex crimes during the five-year period ranged from toddlers to a woman as old as 90; and the crimes included first-degree rape.

Hevesi said he also has alerted the State Department of Health, which administers the Medicaid program in New York.

The review has not yet examined whether any of the Level 3 offenders are receiving prescriptions for other erectile dysfunction drugs which came on the market after the 1998 directive.

Hevesi said his office did not look at Level 1 (low) and Level 2 (moderate) offenders.

The New York Sex Offender Registration Act requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to maintain a Sex Offender Registry, and post a list of Level 3 offenders on the Internet." (source)

Thankfully, there was bi-partisan outrage over this development. "Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer said they're prepared to offer legislation if needed." (source)

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