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33,000 People Freed from Work by Obama’s Medical Device Tax by The Elephant's Child

ObamaCare’s Tax on medical devices has freed 33,000 people from the horrors of being required to get up and go to a job, according to a health care trade association. Nancy Pelosi thinks that frees them to, oh, do poetry, or paint, write songs. It is a good thing not to have a job.  Liberating. Real Freedom.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed this week that “there is absolutely no evidence … that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.”

White House health care adviser Phil Schiliro maintains that ObamaCare cannot be bad for jobs because some jobs have been created since it passed. “You can’t say the Affordable Care Act has killed job growth. In the 46 months since it passed, over 8 million jobs have been created … No one would say the Affordable Care Act created those jobs, but you can’t say the ACA has killed job growth,” he told an audience at a Kaiser Family Foundation presentation Wednesday. Uh huh.

What is a “medical device?” Anything from the CT Scanner, to Nuclear Medicine, soap dispensers, stethoscopes, bandages, Stryker beds, almost every article used in a hospital or doctor’s office or sold in a drugstore, like crutches or canes. A very inclusive list.

The Advanced Medical Technology Association surveyed its members to determine the number of lost jobs since the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices took effect in January 2013, raising about $3.8 billion a year to help pay for ObamaCare.

The survey found that nearly a third of respondents had cut research and development because of the tax, and almost 10 percent had moved manufacturing abroad. Job losses were put at about 14,000 with another 19,000 openings that were left unfilled.

And, of course, more to come. If you can’t say something good, just make it up. Change the meaning of words.  Insist that any critic is lying. Accept no blame. Blame your opposition. I think someone named Orwell once wrote a book about these tactics.



House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax. by The Elephant's Child

The House of Representatives last Thursday passed legislation that would repeal the healthcare reform law’s tax on medical device manufacturers. The Obama administration threatened to veto, but the measure still won the support of 37 Democrats.

The tax of 2.3% was designed to help pay for the excesses of the Affordable Care Act. Medical devices include everything from crutches and wheelchairs, to  stents or MRI machines. The Democrats never understand the unintended consequences of their actions. The tax raises the cost of medicine, because the charge will be added directly to the cost of the device, it will fall most harshly on those who are sick, and will do nothing to reduce the cost of medicine. Aside from that, the tax is already threatening nearly 500,000 jobs in the medical device industry.

The Senate, under Speaker Harry Reid, is unlikely to address the bill at all if they can get away with it. The Supreme Court will be ruling on the health care law later this month. Republicans will continue to extend their efforts to repeal the law.

It is encouraging that 37 Democrats can do simple addition and address questions of logic, but the law’s unpopularity with the public continues to grow, as they “find out what’s in it.”

“This is the 30th vote by the House,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-OH),” aimed at repealing, defunding or dismantling a portion of ObamaCare. And unless the Supreme Court throws out the entire law, we will keep working to repeal whatever is left. Anything less than full repeal in unacceptable.”

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