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r3020
Senior Advisor

When is a tax bad?

When it hits your home district. Now the dems are helping to defund Obama care. Next, cadillac tax.

 

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 The Senate on Thursday voted to repeal a sales tax  on medical devices that is part of President Obama’s health-care law, a rare  bipartisan attempt to strip away a section of the controversial reforms.

Sens. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, and Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, led the  amendment, which passed on a 79-20 vote during debate over the chamber’s budget  plan for the coming fiscal year.

 

As part of debate over the spending blueprint, the vote does not have the  force of law. However, it showed that economic forces in Democrats’ home states  hold enough sway for senators to turn against specific provisions within the Affordable  Care Act.

“Today’s bipartisan vote to repeal the medical device tax is an important  step in the right direction,” said Minority Leader Mitch  McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “Unfortunately, Obamacare remains a  job-killer that grows the government and slows the economy, which is why it’s  important to repeal the whole thing.”

Ms. Klobuchar said Minnesota contains  400 medical device companies that employ 35,000 people, amounting to “one of the  bright spots in America’s economy.” She said the 2.3 percent tax stifles innovation  and threatens America’s position as the top exporter of medical devices.

“While I’m proud to be a champion of [the health care law],  I believe that the medical device tax is just not the way to pay for it,” said  Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, during floor debate.

Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Franken have  joined Sens. Bob Casey Jr., Pennsylvania Democrat, and Joe Donnelly, Indiana  Democrat, in sponsoring Mr. Hatch’s bill.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/21/senate-votes-kill-obamacare-related-tax/#ixzz2OJEhcH...

11 Replies
kraft-t
Senior Advisor

Re: When is a tax bad?

Rejoice! Once again congress has elected to lowr taxes with a  16 trillion dollar debt!

schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: When is a tax bad?

Is that a rhetorical question? I thought all taxes were bad all the time----at least that is what you ijits say.
Nebrfarmr
Veteran Advisor

Re: When is a tax bad?

Too bad they decided to increase spending, first.

However, I do wonder, why the Dems are against those rich medical device makers, paying their fair share?

Oh, yea, they are in their home district, and can give heap big campaign contributions.

Democratforlife
Senior Contributor

Re: When is a tax bad?

Yes Sir....that is what it is all about. 

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: When is a tax bad?


@kraft-t wrote:

Rejoice! Once again congress has elected to lowr taxes with a  16 trillion dollar debt!


Yes, and with bipartisan support. Now if they could quit spending money and the study of duck dongs.

Snooky1953
Senior Contributor

Re: When is a tax bad?

You don't really wonder.  You just want to keep stiring the pot.  The repubs are against that tax along with all other taxes and the president conceded that point.  As Bart said, according to repubs, ALL taxes are bad!  The tax was not on the manufacturers.The tax was added when a devise was prescribed and given to the patient for their payment or the insurance company.  Yes, it was a tax to raise revenue but it only applied to certain appliances and NOT every purchase.  But you don't have to worry about paying tax on your new pacemaker now.

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: When is a tax bad?


@Snooky1953 wrote:

You don't really wonder.  You just want to keep stiring the pot.  The repubs are against that tax along with all other taxes and the president conceded that point.  As Bart said, according to repubs, ALL taxes are bad!  The tax was not on the manufacturers.The tax was added when a devise was prescribed and given to the patient for their payment or the insurance company.  Yes, it was a tax to raise revenue but it only applied to certain appliances and NOT every purchase.  But you don't have to worry about paying tax on your new pacemaker now.


Or insulin syringes, test strips, test meters, needles.

Snooky1953
Senior Contributor

Re: When is a tax bad?

Are test strips, test meters and needles readily purchasable by the public without perscriptions?
r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: When is a tax bad?


@Snooky1953 wrote:
Are test strips, test meters and needles readily purchasable by the public without perscriptions?

I do.