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Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax
Hotair ^ | 03/22/2013 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 03/22/2013 11:58:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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: It’s 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 hasn’t 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 Obama‘s 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 couldn’t 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 it’s over just how stupid of a funding-mechanism idea this medical device tax was to begin with.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; bho44; medicaldevice; medicare; nevermind; obamacare; tax; taxincrease

1 posted on 03/22/2013 11:58:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Should have never been in there in the first place. Maybe folks will catch on. Obamacare is nothing more than the creation of a new kitty to steal from.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 12:01:52 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

They had to pass the bill to see what was in it.

In a normal world, this would make voters question the sanity of their representatives. We’re no longer in a normal world.


3 posted on 03/22/2013 12:03:12 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stupid Party strikes again. Already agreeing to modify obamacare. Kenyancare is a package deal. Let them eat cake and deal with it.


4 posted on 03/22/2013 12:05:51 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

The only reason any rats voted against it is because the big medical outfits are in democrat states.


5 posted on 03/22/2013 12:06:13 PM PDT by soycd
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To: SeekAndFind
Bullship! Bullship! Bullship!

You Democrats voted for Obamacare - now live with the consequences.

6 posted on 03/22/2013 12:07:54 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: SeekAndFind
. . . with the support of nine Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

I'm sure the fact that so many medical device manufacturers are located in that area of the country is strictly a coincidence.

7 posted on 03/22/2013 12:09:16 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lodi90

20,000 regulations written since the bill became law.

It’s “evolving”


8 posted on 03/22/2013 12:09:50 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: SeekAndFind

Republicans, if they gave a damn, would have voted “present”.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 12:14:03 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: listenhillary

This is just more proof that the GOP will not fight for full repeal. They are happy to take the K Street cash for votes like this.

They really need to stop lying to us about how hard they are fighting for a repeal.


10 posted on 03/22/2013 12:14:48 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

BS... they’re covering their asses for next year. They’re down with Obamacare 100% and aren’t fooling anyone.


11 posted on 03/22/2013 12:17:01 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gosh, did they vote for the bill in the first place? Hypocrites.


12 posted on 03/22/2013 12:19:04 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The number of Dems who voted for it means nothing.

Attach the same amendment to the House budget, and every one of them will vote against it.


13 posted on 03/22/2013 12:26:09 PM PDT by green iguana
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To: lodi90
Stupid Party strikes again.

Yep! The Repubs, at least, should have loaded the repeal with all kinds of repeals and changes within Obamacare with the intent of making the implementation of Obamacare much more difficult for the Fed-gov. Then compromise on a few and "relent" to pass the repeal.

14 posted on 03/22/2013 12:28:58 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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To: Vigilanteman

“. . . with the support of nine Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.”

Fake Injun...she hatem little guy


15 posted on 03/22/2013 12:30:34 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: lodi90

Hmm, so the Democrats cave to the rich medical industry lobbyists over a 2.3 percent tax? What do the Senate Democrats have against the fat cats in the medical device industry paying their fair share? *roll eyes* In all seriousness, people really need to start using the liberal language against them. The Dems own this mess, they need to pay.


16 posted on 03/22/2013 12:33:38 PM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: green iguana

The number of Dems who voted for it means nothing.

Attach the same amendment to the House budget, and every one of them will vote against it.


Disagree. Those Dems would take the lobbyist cash and remove a tax that hits businesses in their districts hard.

So here we have the GOP voting to fund obamacare. Then a couple days later voting not to pay for it. Unbelievable.

Stuff like this makes me thing the biggest problem in DC isn’t the kenyan in the White House. He will be gone in 4 years. However, the feckless poseurs in the beltway GOP will still be there. Huffing and puffing about a full repeal. All the while pocketing K Street payola.


17 posted on 03/22/2013 12:34:49 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: listenhillary

Why aren’t Republicans yelling from the rooftops, “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” Those are damning words and should be repeated every time Obamacare is mentioned.

I have to believe that they just don’t want to win.


18 posted on 03/22/2013 12:36:08 PM PDT by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: corlorde

Exactly. The Dems bought obamacare. Time to 1) mock them for their stupidity and 2) insist they pay for it.


19 posted on 03/22/2013 12:37:48 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Sacajaweau

Too many death threats for them to just shrug it off. They do not do things like this out of the goodness of their hearts.


20 posted on 03/22/2013 12:38:24 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: soycd

Indiana is #5 ~ maybe #4 by now. Hardly a Democrat state.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 12:39:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: lodi90
Stupid Party strikes again. Already agreeing to modify obamacare. Kenyancare is a package deal. Let them eat cake and deal with it.

Correct. The Stupid Party should hold out for getting rid of the whole package, not nibble around the corners like this.

22 posted on 03/22/2013 12:45:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: listenhillary

You Normalist, you.


23 posted on 03/22/2013 12:52:46 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Sacajaweau

Why did the Regime even put this in the bill? Was there some evil company(s) who supported freedom that they were trying to punish?

It certainly wasn’t for the revenue generated - heck there’s no limit on the amount of Baraqqi/Bernanke/Lew minibucks that can be created.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 12:54:58 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hitting home in their districts I see. Maybe they should have spent more time reading bills and less time being gorilla’d by that witch Pelosi and her minions.

Put down the pens, boys and girls, you aren’t getting paid by the page.


25 posted on 03/22/2013 1:03:58 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Sacajaweau

The Democrats need money to buy votes.

This is of course sad to like the rest of Obamacare its goign to help kill the last major source of medical innovation in the world.

Medical technology 30 years from now will not be anywhere near as good as it would be without this monstrous as many if not most new ideas will be taxed and regulated out of existence.

It is said conservatives at most allow people to carelessly hurt themselves liberals always hurt & impose burdens upon everyone.


26 posted on 03/22/2013 1:12:47 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: soycd

One of the bigger wheel chair suppliers got caught scre**** with the Medicare system. I think this is backlash...and even more dishonest.


27 posted on 03/22/2013 1:13:39 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nascarnation

Why did the Regime even put this in the bill? Was there some evil company(s) who supported freedom that they were trying to punish?


A lot of the medical device companies getting hit by this tax are based in blue states like MN and MA. Also a lot of obama voters on their payrolls no doubt.


28 posted on 03/22/2013 1:14:46 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

This was originally called the Q-tip law because the first draft of it would have taxed even Q-tips. They modified it to only affect items above $100 and so people would quit calling it that. No idea what state it was in when it finally passed, just knew it was going to have a very negative impact on medical device research.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/oct/09/blog-posting/conservative-blogger-says-proposed-tax-could-hit-w/

Just more stupidity or evil (take your pick) from the Democrats and the moron Big Government Republicans that voted for it.


29 posted on 03/22/2013 1:33:32 PM PDT by Trityn (FUBO and the Soros you rode in on.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Follow the money. It would be interesting to find out what legislators have investments in which medical device companies.


30 posted on 03/22/2013 1:57:36 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even if this vote passed, how could it stand?

There was no severability clause in ObamaCare.


31 posted on 03/22/2013 2:03:36 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

To little? No.
To late? For the 60 or so folks that were laid off by the medical manufacturing company for whom I work... yeah.

Morons for not seeing this coming.


32 posted on 03/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: SeekAndFind

Most disabled people I know voted liberal Democrat and talk about their love for Obamacare.

Let them choke on it with the rest of us....


33 posted on 03/22/2013 8:00:30 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: SparkyBass
Does to mean too?

I'm just asking.

34 posted on 03/22/2013 9:23:22 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.


35 posted on 03/22/2013 9:24:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Sacajaweau

There are going to be a LOT of do-overs from this administration.


36 posted on 03/23/2013 12:27:22 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Jeff Winston

What a mess Obama and his minions created


37 posted on 03/23/2013 5:19:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Terry Mross

Agreed. Repeal the most onerous and obviously stupid parts we’ll still be stuck with a monstrosity that kills health care in America.

What we need are market reforms implemented Constitutionally through the Commerce Clause allowing interstate purchasing of insurance, cross-state medical licensing and publicly available prices to stimulate competition.


38 posted on 03/23/2013 9:00:30 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: lodi90

I thought there was very speciic language in the Obamacare bill that said there could be NO changes or adjustments to the bill.


39 posted on 03/23/2013 9:04:32 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

They are,but the sheep that vote for the Democrats do not know this. This is just another case of the Democrats pacifying and lying to their sheep to get their votes. Nothing more.


40 posted on 03/23/2013 9:09:34 AM PDT by sport
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To: SeekAndFind

ObamaCare in a nutshell - making health care more expensive, driving more people into doctor’s offices, and providing financial incentives for insured patients to demand more costly prescription drugs from their doctors. No wonder they had to pass it in the middle of the night! And no wonder the drug companies were big supporters of this piece of excrement.

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Needs repeating often.


41 posted on 03/23/2013 1:26:37 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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