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Obamacare Will Also Cost You More On Veterinarian Visits
GodfatherPolitics.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | unknown

Posted on 04/04/2014 3:18:53 PM PDT by Daffynition

By now, we all know that the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. Health care and insurance premiums have skyrocketed and we are all facing $2,000-$4,000 in tax increases. The number of uninsured Americans is also climbing while the number of doctors practicing medicine is declining.

But did you know that the Affordable Car Act – aka Obamacare – will also cost you more when you take your pets to the vet?

According to the Heritage Foundation, a newly released IRS rule states that a 2.3% device tax will be levied on most medical devices before they leave the manufacturer. The rule states: [snip]


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism
KEYWORDS: kittyping
I just read about this in my little weekly newspaper.

A family, who is down and out....wrote that they can barely afford to keep their pet dog....and were thinking about bringing it to a shelter after the shock of the extra tax on their vet bill.

What next, Hussein?

1 posted on 04/04/2014 3:18:53 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
I've been suggesting for at least a couple(?) of years that peeps should remain on VERY good relations with their local vet.

The time may come when a necessary script be written, or worse.

2 posted on 04/04/2014 3:21:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Slings and Arrows; Joe 6-pack

3 posted on 04/04/2014 3:22:43 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition

The premiums on my dogs’ health insurance just went up.

Obama hates dogs.


4 posted on 04/04/2014 3:24:18 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Paladin2

I was made aware of an inner city teacher who made it through her grueling day by taking *doggie-downer* pills.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 3:25:23 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Paladin2

“I’ve been suggesting for at least a couple(?) of years that peeps should remain on VERY good relations with their local vet.”

My vet bill more than doubled every year. When she suggested I get pet insurance I stopped taking my cat in for her regular shots and teeth cleaning. The out-of-pocket is what I’d paid before in cash. I don’t recall the total yearly bill now. I just hope she stays safe.

I’ve had cats last 20 years who have never seen a vet. When they pulled the insurance scam they lost me. (Incidentally, she went from driving an old Ford truck to a BMW. The vet, not the cat.)


6 posted on 04/04/2014 3:27:01 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Salamander

I dumped the pet health care....couldn’t afford it....and so *little* was actually covered for each visut....not a particularly cost-effective insurance.

Just wait ‘til we have a catastrophic emergency...I’ll be eating these words. ;(


7 posted on 04/04/2014 3:28:00 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition

I just had my little pooch groomed at PetSmart and the price went up about $8 on the Top Dog fee.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 3:28:47 PM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: Daffynition

My Trupanion covers 90% of everything except routine stuff like shots.

When Odin racked up $700 worth of cardio tests in one hour [he’s fine] we’d have been SOL without it.

We got $630 of it back within a week.

I really can’t afford it either but I’ll go without so they still have it.

[And now to wait for those who will call me crazy to chime in]

:)


9 posted on 04/04/2014 3:33:09 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Gen.Blather

My vet just fills out the necessary insurance papers and I file them.

He doesn’t charge me a penny more because I pay up front and then get reimbursed.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 3:36:25 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

11 posted on 04/04/2014 3:50:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Daffynition
DoggieCare?




12 posted on 04/04/2014 3:51:28 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Salamander

Muslims consider dogs unclean.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 3:52:39 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: bergmeid
Muslims consider dogs unclean.

And visa versa.

14 posted on 04/04/2014 4:01:01 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Daffynition

Yes, that is true. Some medicine that we had given to one of our cats jumped 10 fold in less than two months.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 4:15:31 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: bergmeid

My Dobes go crazy when they see them so it must be a mutual feeling....:)


16 posted on 04/04/2014 4:15:49 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Gumdrop
I just had my little pooch groomed at PetSmart

My Chaucer who's not little goes in several times a year. He loves being pampered. It costs about twice as much as I pay for a haircut for me.

I might rethink that doggie-spa expense.

17 posted on 04/04/2014 4:20:50 PM PDT by grania
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To: Gen.Blather

“I’ve had cats last 20 years who have never seen a vet.”

Oregon has solved this problem. They have now MANDATED that your pet see the vet for an annual exam. If you bring your pet in for an emergency, but did not have it in for it’s annual, they are technically not allowed to treat it.

Of course, vets are not the !@#$% that politicians are. They will give the animal the necessary exam & then treat it. Our legislature also tried this with large animals. But people heard about it before it could be passed & set up such a ruckus they backed down. I wish us small pet owners had been aware.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 4:24:01 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Paladin2

A lot of what’s good for horses Is also good for people. Just sayin’


19 posted on 04/04/2014 4:36:25 PM PDT by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Noumenon

Many vets have to know multiple biological systems and adding one more would not seem to be that big of a leap.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 4:42:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Daffynition

I tell “fido” that we’re going to the Dogtor.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 4:43:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: grania
My dogs get to experience the natural conditioning agents present in the local river when they (voluntarily) go in at least once a week.

If it's really cold, I only let them go in for a few seconds at a spot (swiftly running water that stays open all year) very close to the warmth of the car for the short ride home.

22 posted on 04/04/2014 4:48:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Twotone

“They have now MANDATED that your pet see the vet for an annual exam.”

I believe we have something like that. I had a long sheet from the vet telling me the requirements but I’ve lost it. The exam jumped by 50% per year. The teeth cleaning went from $50 to $350 and they wouldn’t do it without all the shots and tests which ran a few hundred more. That’s why she’s gone commando. I keep her in at night now for added safety. Boy does that annoy her.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 4:48:47 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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24 posted on 04/04/2014 5:09:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Noumenon; Paladin2

vets and feed stores rock


25 posted on 04/04/2014 5:35:26 PM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: Twotone

Wow, bet that will do wonders for the shelter population in Oregon!

Idiotic!!!


26 posted on 04/04/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Paladin2

Actually, they start by teaching us human anatomy because it is easier to relate, and then highlight the differences -— no collar bone in a dog, no gall bladder in a horse, an extra bone in a cow’s heart, etc.


27 posted on 04/04/2014 5:54:11 PM PDT by LTC.Ret (You'd think I would know better than to volunteer!!! www.sendmetocongress.us)
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To: Paladin2

My brother is my veterinarian and he would never write a prescription for me.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 5:56:19 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

The ACA/0bamaCare could change that in the near future.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 5:58:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Daffynition

You had better keep on good terms with your vet ... especially when you find out he/she is the only “Doctor” that will take your “CommieCare” insurance (Medicaid/Medicare/Tricare clients take special notice”.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 6:06:51 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Unintended Consequences: Expanded Autism Spectrum now includes the entire Obama Administration)
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To: Daffynition

Many of our drugs have skyrocketed in price. We are not talking a moderate increase, we are talking astronomical. One antibiotic that cost $.04/pill is costing us now $6 to $10.00/pill. Many of our drugs have been just dropped due to production costs. Our practice insurance is the same as physicians for liability and malpractice and is going up logarithmically. Much of our equipment is same as the human side and its going up accordingly. To stay profitable we have to increase our prices and charge accordingly for those things that we can offer our patients. I’ve been in veterinary medicine since 1974 and its economically as bad as I’ve ever seen.


31 posted on 04/04/2014 6:36:17 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Ditter

I have often wished for my vet to become my pcp. They are so darn smart, treating patients that can’t tell them what is wrong.

Sadly, I’ve never been able to find one, lol.

That being said, veterinary costs are sky rocketing!!!


32 posted on 04/04/2014 6:52:31 PM PDT by berdie
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To: vetvetdoug

I don’t doubt what you say at all regarding the escalation in operating costs and increase in supplies.

Do you think that is caused, in part, by people willing to spend more on their pets? I, myself, probably spent less on veterinary care in “the old days”. I pretty well self-doctored them and only took them to the vet for emergencies and annual shots. Heck...back then I could get the vaccines at the feed store and do that myself!


33 posted on 04/04/2014 7:00:24 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Daffynition

I got more than one dog who’s on medicine, I found this out last year.

Raise my taxes, but mess with my Dog, it might get ugly.


34 posted on 04/04/2014 7:55:50 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Daffynition

Oh great-just what everyone needs-higher vet bills on top of everything else.


35 posted on 04/04/2014 11:28:03 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.>)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/05/28/i-was-just-thinking-government-healthcares-tough-on-dogs-too/


36 posted on 04/05/2014 12:14:27 PM PDT by pabianice (LINE)
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To: Daffynition; All
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37 posted on 04/05/2014 12:21:45 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: berdie
I don’t doubt what you say at all regarding the escalation in operating costs and increase in supplies.

Do you think that is caused, in part, by people willing to spend more on their pets?

I share the same perceptions. I realize the rising price of medicines, but the labor costs have skyrocketed as well. I think something changed when dogs changed from farm animals to family members. In the old days, if an animal got sick, you put it down and got another. It is harder to put down something you love, and the vets know it.

38 posted on 04/07/2014 12:32:45 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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