Medical Devices Tax: Media Spin Distorting Truth Behind ObamaCare Flaws, Providing Cover
Check out this recent news article I just finished reading. As usual, I’ve added some thoughts at the end of the article…
By Stephen Ohlemacher
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol already have overwhelmingly rejected the medical device tax that House Republicans insist on repealing as a condition for keeping the government open. It’s just that those earlier votes didn’t count.
Despite its unpopularity, both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., vowed this week they would not let Republicans make the tax a bargaining chip in averting a government shutdown on Tuesday. Republicans nonetheless put that chip on the table Saturday, along with a new demand to delay for a year making people buy medical insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The requirement goes into effect Jan. 1.
Reid, through a spokesman, called the idea of repealing the medical device tax as part of an anti-shutdown bill “stupid.” ”The Senate will reject any (funding bill) that includes a repeal of the medical device tax,” said Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson. “Absolutely not,” White House spokesman Jay Carney answered when asked if President Barack Obama would support repealing the tax.
The 2.3 percent tax, which took effect in January, is aimed at U.S. sales of medical devices used chiefly by doctors and hospitals, such as pacemakers and CT scan machines. Consumer items are exempted, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids.
U.S. medical device companies employ about 400,000 people and boast sales of $130 billion annually. AdvaMed, the industry’s largest trade group, says the tax is hurting job creation, reducing investment in medical innovation and increasing health care costs.
“The U.S. leads the world in medical technology, but the device tax threatens that leadership because it will put an additional burden on medical device innovators already struggling under the weight of America’s uncompetitive tax system,” the group says on its website. “The tax will be levied on medical device sales in the U.S. regardless of whether the company is making a profit.”
Read the Rest @ Congress voted before to repeal medical device tax – Yahoo News.
ObamaCare, already applying taxes that will either drive the cost of health care in America UP or drive the quality DOWN. America was warned about this as they blindly supported the political party that shoved it through. Hate to say we told you so. Even know, while the opportunity to defund it still exists, the news media works its magic to make sure uninformed voters blindly bash the party trying to prevent this from happening while energetically clamoring for their own downfall. This is a stupid tax that should be repealed regardless of what negotiations they are a part of or who is supporting the repeal, but the media spin is clearly trying to hide that from the public. Just look at the news media headline in the link to the full story above, it was the Republicans refusing to repeal it, the headline would read “GOP refuses to Repeal Health Care Tax”. Instead it, like the rest of the story tries its best to deflect any negative feelings towards democrats by resorting to making past votes the headline instead of describing the current reality of the situation. The media deception is so transparent, its evident right from the headline. – Unaffiliated Party