New taxes for Obama's health overhaul kick in Jan. 1, budget deal could tighten the squeeze

  • Article by: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 25, 2012 - 11:09 AM
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thankbhoDec. 25, 12 9:59 AM

This is a good example of what happens when stupid people outnumber the smart or informed people. Obama was a complete failure in round one. Hope you are prepared for what you've done. Forward? Looks like it, but forward to what......I say disaster.

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trice01Dec. 25, 1211:19 AM

"A 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices used by hospitals and doctors. Industry is trying to delay or repeal the tax, saying it will lead to a loss of jobs. Several economists say manufacturers should be able to pass on most of the cost." To whom, exactly? To carriers of existing health insurance and their clients, namely us. It's an indirect tax on every health insurance policy holder to pay for the insurance of those who don't carry any on themselves. I'm quite disappointed in Obama's dishonesty in trying to sell this tax. To claim that it will pay for itself by generating new patients for the medical device industry is nonsense, since most of those devices go to senior citizens already covered by Medicare. It's simply one more transfer of wealth, and he knows it. At least he could be truthful about it.

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trice01Dec. 25, 1211:31 AM

"A 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices used by hospitals and doctors. Industry is trying to delay or repeal the tax, saying it will lead to a loss of jobs. Several economists say manufacturers should be able to pass on most of the cost." To whom, exactly? To carriers of existing health insurance and their clients, namely us. It's an indirect tax on every health insurance policy holder to pay for the insurance of those who don't carry any on themselves. I'm quite disappointed in Obama's dishonesty in trying to sell this tax. To claim that it will pay for itself by generating new patients for the medical device industry is nonsense, since most of those devices go to senior citizens already covered by Medicare. It's simply one more transfer of wealth, and he knows it. At least he could be truthful about it.

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trice01Dec. 25, 1211:41 AM

"A 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices used by hospitals and doctors. Industry is trying to delay or repeal the tax, saying it will lead to a loss of jobs. Several economists say manufacturers should be able to pass on most of the cost." To whom, exactly? To carriers of existing health insurance and their clients, namely us. It's an indirect tax on every health insurance policy holder to pay for the insurance of those who don't carry any on themselves. I'm quite disappointed in Obama's dishonesty in trying to sell this tax. To claim that it will pay for itself by generating new patients for the medical device industry is nonsense, since most of those devices go to senior citizens already covered by Medicare. It's simply one more transfer of wealth, and he knows it. At least he could be truthful about it.

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trice01Dec. 25, 1211:53 AM

"A 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices used by hospitals and doctors. Industry is trying to delay or repeal the tax, saying it will lead to a loss of jobs. Several economists say manufacturers should be able to pass on most of the cost." To whom, exactly? To carriers of existing health insurance and their clients, namely us. It's an indirect tax on every health insurance policy holder to pay for the insurance of those who don't carry any on themselves. I'm quite disappointed in Obama's dishonesty in trying to sell this tax. To claim that it will pay for itself by generating new patients for the medical device industry is nonsense, since most of those devices go to senior citizens already covered by Medicare. It's simply one more transfer of wealth, and he knows it. At least he could be truthful about it.

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