These people are so predictable. On last Sunday’s show during our conversation with Kathleen Kinsolving, author of Dogs of War, I asked her if she was aware that the new 2.3% tax on medical devices would affect not only our medical care, but also that of our beloved pets. It will, unless this tax is delayed or repealed, precisely what certain democrats, democrats who voted for Obamacare, are seeking. Yes, you read that right. These hypocrites voted for this law. Now they want an escape hatch for some of their constituents. From an NBC news story entitled, “Democrats seek delay in one Obamacare tax increase,”
In a letter Monday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. and others asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to work to postpone the medical device tax.
Both Klobuchar and Hagan voted for the ACA and Minnesota is home to one of the biggest medical device makers, Medtronic.
A delay in the tax could be part of the year-end fiscal package. “My guess that it would be part of bigger deal before the end of the year,” Klobuchar told NBC News Tuesday.
The Democrats calling for delay are emphasizing the need for medical device industry jobs.
“We’re focused on this because there’s a number of small start-up companies (which would be affected by the tax),” Klobuchar said. The medical device tax was set to raise $40 billion over 10 years “and then reduced in half without real negotiation about how it would affect jobs and the industry. So this one, above all to me, cries out for a change.”
She said the IRS regulation spelling out exactly how the tax will be collected and enforced was issued last week toward the end of the year “without giving them (the medical device firms) time to figure out how to comply. So we’re simply at this point looking for a delay and if we can make some changes to reduce or repeal it, that would be the goal,” Klobuchar said.
Hagan said, “There’s so much innovation in this field right now and they do create so many good jobs in our country that we have the risk of losing these jobs to Ireland and to many other countries. And that’s the problem,” said Hagan, who is up for re-election in 2014.
When she added that the tax would have “an adverse effect on jobs throughout our country,” she was asked whether the tax – after the one-year delay that she and Klobuchar are requesting – would have an equally adverse effect on jobs in 2014. “We can certainly look at that over time,” she said.
As I mentioned above, both of these senators voted for this heinous government takeover of our health care system. So did the buffoonish Al Franken, who is in the U.S. Senate only because of the fraudulent votes of felons. Get this. Franken also signed this letter seeking a delay, or even repeal, in these taxes.
Destructive liberal policies are destructive. They are bad policy, which is obvious, and which is why liberals themselves, who want to foist them on the rest of us, try to exempt themselves and their constituents. Not that this fact will result in their changing their phony, deceptive ways. The best we can hope for is that by shining the lights on them, they will scurry like the cockroaches that they are.