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Everybody laughs about the facelifts, collagen injections and Botox shots that make politicians look like zombies who’ve just escaped the cemetery.
Pie-eyed, waxen-faced Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right) instantly comes to mind.
As do Sen. John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
But if you are a taxpayer, the joke is on you.
Because these expensive procedures are paid for by the deductible-free health-care packages that our elected officials give themselves as part of their compensation for “serving the people.”
Your health insurance won’t pay for cosmetic surgery or injections unless, God forbid, your face is ripped off your skull in an auto accident – or your child is burned beyond recognition in a fire.
But in the Omnibus Spending Bill just rammed through the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, our elected officials made sure they can get all the Botox, collagen and face lifts they want for no reason other than to mask their true age.
And they did it, the Office of Management and Budget found in an analysis of government spending, by earmarking a staggering $23 million to cover insurance surcharges for cosmetic procedures that aren’t medically necessary.
In boom times with a growing economy, nobody would care.
But the expenditure of $23 million during what many argue is a Second Great Depression makes no sense at all, at least not to working men and working women who are struggling to pay their mortgages and feed their children, wrinkles, frownlines and all.
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