Bipartisan group of congressmen want to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax

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Isn’t that convenient? Now that we know what’s in the bill, even some Democrats are starting to regret passing it, or, at least parts of it.

From the Hill:

A bipartisan group of 180 House members — consisting of about 40 percent of the House — has reintroduced a bill to end the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that was imposed under President Obama’s healthcare law.

That tax took effect at the start of 2013, and is expected to raise a few billion dollars a year in tax receipts for the government, and $30 billion over 10 years. But opponents of the tax say it will hinder innovation and job creation in the medical device industry.

"Placing a new tax on the backs of U.S. medical innovators and entrepreneurs who employ more than 400,000 Americans is not a prescription for economic growth or job creation," said Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), who sponsored the bill. "In fact, companies have already laid off thousands of employees as a result of this onerous new tax, and more jobs will be lost now that this tax is in effect.

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There are so many problems with this whole notion.

  1. While I certainly am not a fan of any new taxation for any reason, it would seem that Republicans would have a better shot of getting the entire law repealed (eventually) if all of its terrible negative consequences were directly felt by the American populace.
  2. Why would the Democrats vote for legislation they knew they would want to change later? Unless, of course, they didn’t read it.
  3. Are these Democrats admitting that taxes hurt the economy? If not, then why would they want to change this particular part of the law? If so, then why are they always so willing to raise taxes in virtually every other area?
  4. How is it lawful that a bill can be changed or even “tweaked” after passage? How do we know that the few extra votes needed to pass the bill weren’t garnered simply because this section was included? There is no way to know and there was no severability clause. In all seriousness, I would like to understand the legality of this. Are any of the modifications made to Obamacare legal at all?

I’ll continue in my fight for complete and total repeal of this terrible law. Now is not the time to give up. I understand that it’s an uphill battle but I remain confident that if we keep educating the American people about just how awful this bill is, that one day we’ll be able to see it repealed. But in my opinion, repealing it piece by piece is not the way to go about it.

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