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Senate Dems Now Oppose Medical Device Tax

From the Washington Examiner:

Democrats urge delay for ‘job-killing’ Obamacare tax

By Byron York | December 11, 2012

Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed. Echoing arguments made by Republicans against Obamacare, the Democratic senators say the levy will cost jobs — in a statement Monday, Sen. Al Franken called it a “job-killing tax” — and also impair American competitiveness in the medical device field.

The senators, who made the request in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are Franken, Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Joseph Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Robert Casey, Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Mikulski, Kay Hagan, Herb Kohl, Jeanne Shaheen, and Richard Blumenthal. All voted for Obamacare.

While we are at it, can we get a re-do on entire the Obama-Care vote? And maybe even the November 6th elections?

Two other Democrats, senators-elect Joe Donnelly and Elizabeth Warren, also signed the letter. Donnelly voted for Obamacare as a member of the House. Warren was not in Congress at the time.

Is Elizabeth Warren an Indian giver?

“The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of two million skilled manufacturing jobs,” the senators wrote in a December 4 letter to Reid. “We must do all we can to ensure that our country maintains its global leadership position in the medical technology industry and keeps good jobs here at home.”

Beyond that, the senators say, the medical device industry “has received little guidance about how to comply with the tax” — a reference to the apparently confused and halting nature of the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare.

They are not alone. The only guidance in Obama-Care is "as the Secretary may determine…"

Several of the senators, many of whom have medical device manufacturers in their states, have opposed the tax for a long time. During the Obamacare debate, for example, Franken and Klobuchar were among a group of senators who successfully pushed to reduce the tax. (The device giant Medtronic is headquartered in Minnesota.)

On Monday, Franken again expressed his opposition to the tax he voted for. “I want to repeal the medical device tax altogether,” the senator and former comedian said in a statement. “But I am concerned that we are running out of time before this job-killing tax goes into effect. So, for now, the best thing to do to ensure that this important industry continues to create jobs and producing life-saving devices is to delay this unwise tax.” Franken and other want Reid to include a provision to delay the tax in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.

Maybe some good will come out of this tax after all, if it kills Al Franken’s job.

None of the senators found his or her earlier objections to the tax a sufficient reason to vote against Obamacare. In December 2009, with 60 votes in the Senate and a determined Republican opposition, Democrats needed every vote they could get to pass the president’s national health care plan. But now, with Obamacare — and the taxes to fund it — about to become a reality, some of those Democrats are singing a different tune.

To be fair, they had to implement the bill before they found out what was in it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Senate Dems Now Oppose Medical Device Tax”

  1. untrainable says:

    Perhaps someone should have explained to these idiots that if they are opposed to something, they should vote against it. If you are only opposed to part of something, then you should COMPROMISE.

    Oh, I forgot. The only people who have to compromise are Republicans. When Dems don’t get what they want, they just take you to court.

  2. JohnMG says:

    Perhaps those who lose their jobs can enter a retraining program funded by some government agency and use their talents to manufacture electronic voting machines. You know, the machines that mysteriously always manage to elect Democrats in closely contested elections ……..such as in Minnesota, and Florida, and Michigan, and Ohio, and………….

    And is that ‘Trench Mouth” Dick Durbin’s name I see? Mr. champion-of-the-middle-class, who , second only to our sitting VP, can’t seem to avoid letting stupid things escape his mouth? He, along with the usual suspects’ names being signatories to such a letter doesn’t surprise me at all. Perhaps the only name I see that might truly feel the sentiments expressed would be Lieberman. What a rogues gallery the rest comprise. Their real concern is winning their next election. Such pragmatists!

    I say let it happen. If all the pain and suffering this “unexpected” tax ushers in results in the purge of even ONE of these legal felons losing his/her cozy sinecure it may be worth it.

    Unless, of course, it’s George Bush’s fault.

  3. captstubby says:

    there is a new strain of virus this season.

    its named “reality”,

    and so far it appears to infect Liberal Democrats.

    Yahoo, ABC News, And The White House have

    said its a form of Bush’s Fault and assured everyone that the old, time tested remedy’s are still the best cure.

  4. River0 says:

    This is beautiful! Pelosi’s bill that “…must be passed so that you can see what’s in it…” is full of regulatory and tax time bombs that will be going off for years. All Republicans need do – and MUST do – is remind voters who is at fault.

    Boehner and other RINOS must be actively stopped from bailing out the corrupt Demonicrats.

    Give Progressive/Marxists enough rope and they’ll wrap it around their own necks.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    This is another democrat trick:

    Create a crisis and then SWOOP IN and solve the crisis, get credit, slaps on the back all around.

    They know the public is too stupid to know any better. Their campaign ads will say,
    “Senator _________ saved Obamacare, AND saved the average American $____ in taxes by voting for Amendment #_________.”

    Never knowing that:
    1. He voted for the tax in the first place.
    2. The bill with the changed Amendment will put that tax burden back on the American people anyway.
    3. He voted for some other horrible add-on in the bill so that they can also be the ones to change it later again.

    Government is a boiling cauldron for mischief-makers, the devil’s work.

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