Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Eliminate Viagra from Senate health plan? No problem, GOP responds

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A debate over health care coverage for members of the Michigan Senate has taken an odd turn. 

Democratic State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer is unhappy about the elimination of abortion coverage for her Senate colleagues. She says it could jeopardize their health.

So Whitmer challenged Republican Senator Rick Jones to eliminate Viagra as well.

Jones's response?

"I actually contacted her office and said, 'I will support you. If you want to end that coverage, draw up a petition  and ask me to be the first one to sign on,'" Jones says.



Jones says he's introduced a bill to eliminate all health coverage for elected senators. He says they should pay for their own.

However, Jones says Senate staff members should continue to get health coverage.

Whitmer did not respond to an interview request.