Skip to comments.Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax (Now Carrot for McConnell)
Posted on 10/14/2013 10:30:10 AM PDT by Sybeck1
As I mentioned yesterday, the medical device tax that went into effect last January is just one of the many insidious job-killing measures contained within ObamaCare, but it is an especially terrible one. The 2.3 percent excise tax is meant to raise a handsome $30 billion to pay for ObamaCare over the next decade, except that, added bonus: Its going to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes.
And this hasnt just been a Republican refrain, by the way. Thursday night, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the medical device tax, with more than 30 Democrats joining in:
The vote was largely symbolic, but the 79-20 tally signals strong opposition to the 2.3% tax on device sales that went into effect Jan. 1. Even though the levy is meant to help foot the bill for the signature legislative achievement of President Barack Obamas first term, 33 Democrats as well as independent Sen. Angus King of Maine joined Republican senators in voting to repeal the tax.
The vote came as an amendment to the Senate Democrats fiscal year 2014 budget, a partisan tax-and-spending blueprint that stands no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House. Still, the solid bipartisan support shows growing momentum for repealing the tax, which lawmakers have argued hurts U.S. competitiveness and costs highly paid jobs.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced the measure earlier Thursday with the support of nine Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. I do wonder that some of these Democrats couldnt summon these same scruples with the health care overhaul when they were falling over themselves to pass the dang thing in 2010, though. Such a shame.
The vote may have been a symbolic one, but nevertheless, this has got to be kind of uncomfortable for the White House: Congress finally managed to find some bipartisan agreement on something, and its over just how stupid of a funding-mechanism idea this medical device tax was to begin with.
The Democrats CHOSE to destroy American innovation,
and then went on TO ARM al Qaeda.
Who who who— what are you, an owl? ;^)
Who wears glasses besides Mr. Tortoise.
Here’s a hint: Barry has a ‘body man.’
Juan McCain has one too.
He’s John Boehner’s butt-boy.
Obamacare is HR 3590, not HR 3200. That essay seems to be from 2009 and outdated.
McConnell, McStain, Graham, Alexander, Corkerhold etc... will be lapping this up like starving dogs on their own vomit.
worthwhile fundamental research and development often takes years and millions of dollars with uncertainties and risks.
stopping fundamental research and development now dries up the funding pipeline and essentially dismantles the R&D infrastructure that took decades to build. restarting the pipeline may take billions of dollars once knowhow is lost or transferred overseas.
HR3590 has more than 2000 pages but here is a summary, only 49 pages ..
In the HR3590 summary, the words Requires the Secretary (of DHS) appear 98 times and Directs the Secretary appears 64 times. Authorizes the Secretary appears 30 times. The law gives a tremendous amount of power to one individual, Kathleen Sebelius, who serves only at the will of the President and was NOT elected by We, the People. It is Congress who makes the laws, NOT Katleen Sebelius and Not Barack Obama.
The Democrat Congress passed Obamacare and gave the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) free reign to do whatever it damn well pleases. Obamacare is making determinations as to what taxes citizens are required to pay. That too is the Constitutional responsibility given to Congress. Has Congress relinquished its Constitutional responsibility when it passed Obamacare? If so, they better take it back before its too late. This law clearly violates the Constitution separation of powers.
Not seeing a Kenyan problem here. 79 Senate votes to repeal is a super majority meaning that the Kenyan’s sniveling veto, if he does it, is OVER RIDEABLE. Surely the House can vote to override. So, c’mon Boner-—lets get to over riding. If Reid won’t bring up a vote to over ride then his snake oil road show will be obvious to all.
IT will be hailed a tea party victory when it in fact will give some lobbyists what they want. Nothing for the little man.
This equals =the house was on fire but we saved the chimney.
As much of an effect as a spoonful of water removed from the ocean
Thought I heard (read in an article?) the medical device industry had gone along with the tax in the bill because more people would be needing to buy medical devices now (since ACA adds so many new people to the system).
Guess the medical device industry has changed its mind. I’ll have to look for that article or discussion online I saw back in August. Maybe I heard wrong.
Follow the money and stop slinging around the L word.
The medical device industry and the insurance industry could have ensured zerocare never saw the light of day. Instead they assisted in it’s “passing”. Useful idiots all.
One has to marvel why these folks would push for this Pelosi-pandered pig in a poke.
We’re weary and wowed by the world, is why.
Well, evil like this is God’s wake up call to us.
so to make us feel like we really done something, we’re going to get this medical device tax repeal...big whooping poop.....
"The medical device tax is exactly what Peter King (RINO-NY) wanted to negotiate on. Not defunding Obamacare. Just negotiate the medical device tax.
It turns out that the democrats dont want it either...Peter King was willing to settle for a compromise on something that even the democrats didnt want...and then call that a good days work.
Yep. The guy really is a vile piece of work.
These democrat senators have companies that make medical devices in their states. The republicans just gave them cover. Utah! What the hell is wrong with you?
...the medical device tax that went into effect last January is just one of the many insidious job-killing measures contained within ObamaCare, but it is an especially terrible one... to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes... Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the medical device tax, with more than 30 Democrats joining in... the 79-20 tally signals strong opposition to the 2.3% tax on device sales that went into effect Jan. 1.