The union plan to repopulate Detroit: Viagra


-Jarrett Skorup

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is clearly doing his best to clean up Detroit. Some of his newest reforms are to drop Viagra, weight loss drugs, fertility treatment and smoking cessation from drug coverage for all employees. He also wants to stop covering their kids’ health care after age 22 rather than 25.

Seem simple enough? It never is.

The unions are fighting back, saying that preventive medicine saves lives (this claim is dubious at best) and, more interestingly, that Viagra is a necessity.

“We want to repopulate Detroit, don’t we?” asked John Riehl, president of AFSCME Local 207, which represents water department employees.

Just one question: Is there any possible cuts that any of the unions will allow?

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