Teachers Viagra: Union asks to reinstate Viagra coverage in Milwauk...

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Should taxpayers foot the bill for Viagra? That's what the Milwaukee Teachers Union is asking for, as it tries to reinstate Viagra coverage in teachers' insurance.
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Bob

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A teacher's benefits are good enough. Are we ever going to expect teachers to pay anything? Try coming into the real world of insurance premiums and deductibles. These unions are out of control in this state.
Bob

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Oh, that 780k probably equals about 20 teachers with salary and benefits. Yes, it's a big deal.
Child Advocate

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How DARE YOU MPS teachers union?????? What gull, what aggronance? Harley Davidson workers are being asked to make HUGE concessions AGAIN and you want FREE VIAGRIA!!!!!! Quit, leave, go elsewhere if you don't like it here. Good Bye and don't let the door hit you on the way out. We donot need teachers who think that they are elietists of this city. Charter schools can step in, and replace you just fine. They certainly could do a better job teaching the students how to read, they couln't do any worse than MPS.
Milt

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This is totally wrong on so many levels. If you want or need recreational sex, take the money out of your own pocket!
Not just recreational

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While I have some reservations in saying this, sexual dysfunctions are a medical problem that Viagra is used to treat. Why should women's problems be covered by the insurance, but not men's problems? Sex without the use of Viagra (or maybe Cialis?) is not simply difficult for some men, it may be impossible. Go for a few months without the ability to have sex and tell me you wouldn't fight for the prescription coverage. I do believe that "free" Viagra may be unfair. Increase the co-pay on certain prescription drugs that are deamed unnecessary?
MKEblues

Mequon, WI

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Fire them all. Ronald Reagan did it with the air traffic controllers!
boondoggle

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maybe they need this to pass the time, every time I go to milwaukee during school hours all I see are kids walking the streets all day.....
Child Advocate

Thiensville, WI

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Not just recreational wrote:
While I have some reservations in saying this, sexual dysfunctions are a medical problem that Viagra is used to treat. Why should women's problems be covered by the insurance, but not men's problems? Sex without the use of Viagra (or maybe Cialis?) is not simply difficult for some men, it may be impossible. Go for a few months without the ability to have sex and tell me you wouldn't fight for the prescription coverage. I do believe that "free" Viagra may be unfair. Increase the co-pay on certain prescription drugs that are deamed unnecessary?
They can BUY!!! it out of their own pockets, since some make, with benefits over $100,00.00 a year, they certainly have the cash to buy it out of pocket. MANY other people have to buy some meds out of pocket, why should they be any different, those spoiled brats.
1 Polish Tim

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Aug 7, 2010
 
Let get the teacher's union on a reality based channel. Viagra is not a "medically necessary treatment"!
It's nice to have if one does suffer from a form of erectile dysfunction, but it's not medically necessary.
MPS Teacher

Milwaukee, WI

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First of all to Bob the idiot: MPS Teachers already have a deductible AND a co-pay for their medical insurance.

To all the other idiots. If we teachers have it so good why aren't you one. Oh, because you don't have the intelligence or patience to work with the ever-increasing challenged student population of a large city.

If you want reading and test scores to go up we need cooperation and REAL SUPPORT from the families.

I'm sure Bob there wants the school district to do everything for his kid from feed them 3 meals to provide health care.
Back to the original question: Though I could benefit from the drug, I don't find it necessary and it should not be included.
Randy

Milwaukee, WI

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Mr. MPS teacher, don't blame us. Clearly you chose your profession, no one is discrediting that. And I'm not a teacher because I got a degree in Computer Programming and wouldn't teach for MPS. I want to run my own business so I'm pursuing that thanks.

And don't give me the if we want test scores to go up crap because I've went to a few MPS schools and honestly how about some disciplinary actions against the stupid dumb **** interrupting classes. Why don't you DO more? Then we can talk raises.
MPS Teacher

Milwaukee, WI

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Randy is talking out of his ass. I am not blaming some unidentified "us". I am saying what is true. If parents are responsible and provide a good home for their children, and get involved in their education, students WILL do better.

As for myself, I work 9-10 hour days and bring plenty of work home over the weekends. Like most teachers, I care about the physical and social well-being of the 35 plus kids in my classes.

My classrooms don't have discipline problems because I treat my students with respect and they respond accordingly.

Randy, you refer to some of the kids with issues as dumb****, proving you have no grasp of what it takes to do this job. Even the most disruptive child needs to be treated fairly. After I get through with them you may hire them to work for you in your business, if you have the ability to get it off the ground.

I am proud to work at MPS and at possibly the best school in the city!
Child Advocate

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MPS Teacher wrote:
First of all to Bob the idiot: MPS Teachers already have a deductible AND a co-pay for their medical insurance.
To all the other idiots. If we teachers have it so good why aren't you one. Oh, because you don't have the intelligence or patience to work with the ever-increasing challenged student population of a large city.
If you want reading and test scores to go up we need cooperation and REAL SUPPORT from the families.
I'm sure Bob there wants the school district to do everything for his kid from feed them 3 meals to provide health care.
Back to the original question: Though I could benefit from the drug, I don't find it necessary and it should not be included.


Just for your information you spoiled brat....my son who now is a teacher in a private school tried to apply to MPS after graduation, and couldn't even get an interview. He has gone on to get his Masters Degree and still isn't able to make half of what you make. You should kiss the ground of the school you work, and remember YOU ARE REPLACABLE!! As far a co-pays and deductibles, you donot have a clue how much others in the private sector pay. As a nurse, I pay $1750.00 out of pocket as a single person for the year, not counting the 35.00 I pay as a decuctible every time I see my M.D. E.R. visit is a $200.00 deductible just to walk in the door. I also ay 140.00 a month just to have insurance. Meds...I'm lucky the meds I need are even included in my med list. It gags me to see how ungratful you are, things could be SO MUCH WORSE!!
MPS Teacher

Milwaukee, WI

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To "Child Advocate:
How am I spoiled. I just said I work at one of the best schools in the city. It is not my fault your son couldn't get hired by MPS. It shouldn't surprise you. They just let a few hundred teachers go.

Of course I am replaceable, just not by you or either of the other 2 people I have responded to on this site.

I never said I didn't like my health plan, I simply stated that we do pay a deductible and a co-pay. You seem to have a lot of anger. See if your health plan covers a therapist.

I thank God every day that I am not only working, but working in this system and at the school I am.
You should re-read my earlier posts because nothing in them indicates that I am ungrateful. I am just so sick of people saying teachers have it sooooo good. I happen to agree with them. I love my job. They should just stop whining about it and get a teachers license. Again, I am sure it seems like way too much work.

Oh, I have had my Masters for several years, like most dedicated teachers, so what!
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MPS Teacher wrote:
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How am I spoiled. I just said I work at one of the best schools in the city. It is not my fault your son couldn't get hired by MPS. It shouldn't surprise you. They just let a few hundred teachers go.
Of course I am replaceable, just not by you or either of the other 2 people I have responded to on this site.
I never said I didn't like my health plan, I simply stated that we do pay a deductible and a co-pay. You seem to have a lot of anger. See if your health plan covers a therapist.
I thank God every day that I am not only working, but working in this system and at the school I am.
You should re-read my earlier posts because nothing in them indicates that I am ungrateful. I am just so sick of people saying teachers have it sooooo good. I happen to agree with them. I love my job. They should just stop whining about it and get a teachers license. Again, I am sure it seems like way too much work.
Oh, I have had my Masters for several years, like most dedicated teachers, so what!
First of all, you have your Masters for ONE reason and ONE reason only ... an automatic pay increase, so stop the "dedicated teachers" BS. "It seems like way too much work." Are you serious?? The MAJORITY of private sector workers work more than 8 hours a day, have LESS than average health insurance coverage and work 12 months a year minus vacation time. You are correct, though, being a teacher is something that alot of people do not want to do because they do not have the skills necessary to teach. These skills, though, are not superior to other people's skills in the private sector, so get off your high horse, enjoy your two months off every summer and your retirement at age 55. Anyone else out there retiring at age 55? Thought not, you dont have a tax payer funded pension ...
Ben Derover

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Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach.

You MPS teachers are the biggest bunch of crybabies, I've ever heard of.
The only thing you turn out, are gangbanging thugs.

You certainly don't need to be wandering around students sporting a boner.
MPS Teacher

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This will be the last I say here. I don't how or why some of you are so blind to the truth or what I have said. After I said I have a Master's degree I said "so what". Which means I don't think that fact holds any significance so I guess Jimmy missed the point on that. I never said it means I am dedicated.

I find work all summer to make ends meet. Not complaining, just stating a fact. I agree, the pension is a great thing. However, I did not complain about my job. I restate, "I love my job".

So Ben, are you saying I, as a teacher, can't do math, English, science, and that is why I teach it? That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. I think that old saying you are quoting is meant for a different situation. Like someone who can no longer mountain climb or surf has to now settle for teaching others. If I didn't know math or couldn't read I would not be able to teach others to do these things.

I am not crying about anything, I love my job and think I get a fair wage to do it. You must be pretty ignorant to think all city kids become gang members.

Finally, I still don't think we need the viagra added to our health plan, so I guess Ben agrees with me on this point.

It amazes me how many people seem to hate teachers. I feel we are in a good situation as far as pay and benefits go. I would be willing to pay even more for heath care to save money and jobs. Most of my peers feel the same way.
No compassion

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MPS Teacher wrote:
First of all to Bob the idiot: MPS Teachers already have a deductible AND a co-pay for their medical insurance.
To all the other idiots. If we teachers have it so good why aren't you one. Oh, because you don't have the intelligence or patience to work with the ever-increasing challenged student population of a large city.
If you want reading and test scores to go up we need cooperation and REAL SUPPORT from the families.
I'm sure Bob there wants the school district to do everything for his kid from feed them 3 meals to provide health care.
Back to the original question: Though I could benefit from the drug, I don't find it necessary and it should not be included.
What a professional response. I would think you liberal teachers would also support three meals a day and healthcare for the poor little children. That is what libs believe in after all.
Ingrid

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Aug 8, 2010
 
After WSEU (the union the represents the inept and marginally productive state/county employees) WEAC is the biggest stumbling block to cost effective and quality education in Wisconsin.

As all unions are "FOR PROFIT", WEAC spends a lot of it's money buying the votes from the politicians and school board members you elect and gets away with this stuff all the time.

The first thing in starting responsive and cost effective government is voting out those who dip into the WEAC and WSEU coffers.
Ben Derover

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Aug 8, 2010
 
MPS teacher:
Clearly, if you don't agree w/ the need for viagra, then my comments weren't directed at you. Stop your bellyachin!

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