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Dems join in calling for delay to ObamaCare medical device tax
FoxNews.com ^ | 12/11/2012

Posted on 12/11/2012 9:17:05 AM PST by RoosterRedux

Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed.

The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade.

But a group of U.S. senators this week revived concerns that the tax could hurt one of the few U.S. industries "that enjoys a net trade surplus."

"The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of 2 million high-skilled manufacturing jobs," Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan wrote in a letter with 16 other senators and senators-elect Monday to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. "In an environment focused on increasing exports, promoting small businesses and growing high-tech manufacturing jobs for the future, 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."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obama; obamacare

1 posted on 12/11/2012 9:17:10 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Y’all should have read the bill before you voted on it. Morons.


2 posted on 12/11/2012 9:18:16 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

Here’s the problem. Republicans are now in the mode of fine tuning and trying to improve this turd. I say leave it alone. Let the people fully experience what they voted for, without any further adjustments or changes.


3 posted on 12/11/2012 9:20:33 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: RoosterRedux
"The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of 2 million high-skilled manufacturing jobs," Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan wrote in a letter with 16 other senators and senators-elect Monday to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

Of course, Klobama voted for the bill. She is frantically backtracking because Medtronic and St. Jude Medical both have huge presences in Minnesota.

4 posted on 12/11/2012 9:22:24 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: RoosterRedux
OBAMACARE DELIVERED
5 posted on 12/11/2012 9:24:22 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: RoosterRedux

The time to make changes to the damn thing was when the jacka$$es were ramming the stupid thing through. In other words, Read the damn thing!


6 posted on 12/11/2012 9:26:36 AM PST by Duckdog (If it wasn't for NASCAR my TV would have gone out the window years ago!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Bump


7 posted on 12/11/2012 9:27:26 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: FrankR

Do not refine it. Let it play out. Just don’t fund it and make the federal government own it. It will keep them so busy trying to run this POS maybe they will leave us alone.


8 posted on 12/11/2012 9:28:21 AM PST by arkfreepdom
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To: Colonel_Flagg

She’ll get them a waiver like they do for unions. Then when she runs for re-election, the employees and CEO will come out and smooth her giant buttocks in a TV ad.


9 posted on 12/11/2012 9:29:16 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Arthurio
I agree with you. And so what happens if they delay these taxes? There is less revenue making Obamacare more costly adding to the debt and deficit.

Obamacare is supposed to reduce payments to hospitals and doctors by 31% for Medicare patients starting next year. Do we really think those cuts will be permitted to be implemented? Of course not. This will make Obamacare even more expensive exploding the idea that Obamacare is cost neutral or will actually cut healthcare spending.

The Reps would be crazy supporting such changes to alleviate the pain of Obamacare. It is bad politics and bad fiscal policy. And cuts in taxes should be matched by cuts in spending by multiples, not one for one.

Congress has already fixed part of Obamacare last year by reducing the reporting paperwork for businesses. The more the Reps help "fix" Obamacare, the more we own it.

10 posted on 12/11/2012 9:29:16 AM PST by kabar
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To: Arthurio

I agree. Shove this thing right down the throats of the Dems. No repreives, no adjustments... let them face what they passed. And let them explain to the dumb masses why things are suddenly so expensive.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 9:30:58 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Arthurio

I agree. Shove this thing right down the throats of the Dems. No repreives, no adjustments... let them face what they passed. And let them explain to the dumb masses why things are suddenly so expensive.


12 posted on 12/11/2012 9:31:12 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Arthurio
"Here’s the problem. Republicans are now in the mode of fine tuning and trying to improve this turd. I say leave it alone. Let the people fully experience what they voted for, without any further adjustments or changes."

Agree, we don't need Republicans helping the Obama Marxist power and control machine to run better. The Democrats voted for this, let them own it complete with all of destruction and privation that will come from Obamacare.

13 posted on 12/11/2012 9:32:38 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Arthurio

I agree. Republicans should stand back and force the Democrats to fight with Obama over this tax.


14 posted on 12/11/2012 9:32:46 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: RoosterRedux

So now they fear their vibrators will be really expensive?


15 posted on 12/11/2012 9:33:55 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Couple of lady parts Dems in panic mode. Eff ‘em.


16 posted on 12/11/2012 9:34:14 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Hardraade

Naw. The Dems will introduce a “Sandra Fluke” law to make employers provide single women with free vibrators.


17 posted on 12/11/2012 9:35:51 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: RoosterRedux
Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed.

Remind me again, but wasn't it Democrats who not only passed this bill but wrote it as well?

18 posted on 12/11/2012 9:39:44 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: kabar
The Reps would be crazy supporting such changes to alleviate the pain of Obamacare. . . . The more the Reps help "fix" Obamacare, the more we own it.

You got that right.

19 posted on 12/11/2012 9:42:47 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat

Repubs should say we do not need to raise rates because we already have a tax going into effect on medical devices. The Dems prepared plenty of taxes 3 years ago in the medical industry to raise more revenue. Point out every day how many new taxes are already coming next year.


20 posted on 12/11/2012 9:47:23 AM PST by taterjay
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To: RoosterRedux

The reason why it was passed was TO DESTROY ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING US INDUSTRIES”


21 posted on 12/11/2012 9:47:42 AM PST by I want the USA back (Liberalism is the irreparable breakdown of the mind's ability to reason.)
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To: RoosterRedux
No. No. NO! A thousand times, NO! The Senators voted for Obamacare, the voters in the last election voted for tax increases. Elections have consequences. It is time the uninformed morons who vote for free stuff learn that there is no free lunch.

Make Democrats choose between the elderly and the perpetual welfare class as instituted by their imperial majesty Comrade El Presidente Caliph Sheik Imam Obama the First.

22 posted on 12/11/2012 9:48:38 AM PST by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: RoosterRedux

“The previously obscure tax...”

Obscure tax my ass! Hannity was screaming about this on Fox News before the bill was even passed.


23 posted on 12/11/2012 9:54:25 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: taterjay
This was predictable. The Dems shifted the pain of Obamacare until after the 2012 elections. The carrots were implemented immediately. Now they will do whatever is necessary to mitigate the pain part driving us further into debt and deficit.

Does anyone truly believe that $716 billion will be taken from Medicare--most of it due to reduced payments to doctors and hospitals? The Dems will find ways to support revenue to fund Obamacare and not touch Medicare. Look for the "rich" and defense to be the source of that revenue.

24 posted on 12/11/2012 9:55:49 AM PST by kabar
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To: TurboZamboni
She’ll get them a waiver like they do for unions. Then when she runs for re-election, the employees and CEO will come out and smooth her giant buttocks in a TV ad.

She just ran in November. We're stuck with The Witless Wonder for the next six years.

25 posted on 12/11/2012 10:12:49 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: RoosterRedux

The folks at GE must have read the bill. 6 months after it passed, they started shutting down their medical imaging operation in Wisconsin and moved it to China. Very high end and expensive equipment formerly manufactured in the USA will now be made in China.


26 posted on 12/11/2012 10:13:51 AM PST by wrench
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27 posted on 12/11/2012 10:20:44 AM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: Hardraade

Aren’t condoms medical devices?

Why are vibrators taxed and condoms aren’t?


28 posted on 12/11/2012 10:24:17 AM PST by Mack the knife
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I meant “smootch”...like that car dealer did when Brave Sir Amy “saved” his business with porkulus $(so he claimed in her ad)


29 posted on 12/11/2012 10:29:48 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: RoosterRedux

If the Dems are so concerned about higher overall expense to consumers... don’t stop there, kill the bill! The whole damn thing is going to be more expensive than what we have now.


30 posted on 12/11/2012 10:51:00 AM PST by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: Arthurio
Let the people fully experience what they voted for, without any further adjustments or changes.

If the majority of qualified voters really did vote for these things, then maybe yes. But we really didn't. And many of those who did should not have been permitted to vote.

Many voters tabulated in the "majority" you mention, do not exist.
31 posted on 12/11/2012 10:57:23 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: RoosterRedux

The Republicans ought to be doing press conferences on this every other day. Make the DemonRATS like Obama and his Cult OWN THE JOB LOSSES and HIGHER TAXES coming because of ObamaCare.

Shove it down their throats. Make no appearance, say nothing without reminding the listener of the coming taxes and job losses because of ObamaCare.


32 posted on 12/11/2012 11:52:04 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Made In The USA

If they want to negotiate, make it so onerous that it would be something that they would never agree to. As has been said many times elections have consequences, the same can be said with votes on legislation. The dems sowed these seeds of discontent, let them now reap their reward.


33 posted on 12/11/2012 1:08:54 PM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: RoosterRedux
one that's on my car and gets me the finger from leftards
34 posted on 12/16/2012 7:46:15 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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