Medical device tax survives fight to kill it

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2013 - 9:40 PM

The health care act provision took effect Jan. 1 over industry protests.

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bobesseJan. 13, 13 9:19 PM

Amy and Al: Too little and too late! Where were you when it was originally placed in the massive health care bill? Had you read the hundreds of pages or were you surprised when it showed up after both of you voted for it! You will be held accountable in MN for this fiasco.......

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thankbhoJan. 13, 13 9:37 PM

Way to ruin another industry, Amy and Al. Real clear thinking! Somehow, I'm sure the media will try and cover for you idiotic votes.

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callmeronJan. 13, 13 9:38 PM

Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted for the Obamacare bill with the medical industry revenue tax in it. They knew it was there, and they also KNOW there is no chance of it being repealed. Amy and Al's battle is nothing more than a PR campaign. To repeal this tax would be admitting a mistake and the destruction of thousands of good paying jobs and the Democratic Party will not admit to that. The only good news to come from this is that some of the people who have already lost their jobs and will lose their jobs in the future because of this tax are Obama voters. Since every medical device company is hit by this tax and has responded with job cuts, the odds of them finding new jobs in the industry are next to none. They voted for a lower standard of living and they are going to get it.

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jimmywildJan. 13, 13 9:54 PM

This is just the beginning of Obama care, can't wait to see what's next.

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mnfanintampaJan. 13, 13 9:59 PM

Just wait until Medicare's Competitive Bid rates go into effect July 1st. You will see hundreds and hundreds of DME outlets closing, mostly family businesses. Manufacturers of CPAPs, diabetes supplies, and eight other categories will be letting people go all over the country. There is no incentive to innovate because cost is the only thing companies have need to compete with. Too bad seniors.

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jcrew45Jan. 13, 1310:08 PM

Hats off to the St. Jude spokesperson for actually saying that the device tax resulted in job layoffs. Too, many companies, such as Medtronic are trying to pacify the Obama administration by not calling out the true costs of this unfair tax. This tax has cost thousands of Minnesota jobs - that is the truth. I'm sick of the democrats picking on private industry and using taxes to drive their social engieering. This tax can be overturned, but we'll have to wait for the next election cycle to have a chance. Democrats are too fixated on tax increases.

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chavistaJan. 13, 1310:14 PM

Can you imagine what would happen to this country if we ever put a Federal Gas Tax on gasoline? Nobody would drive and all the stations would close overnight from lack of sales. Oh, Oh, we already have a Federal Gas Tax collected by the gasoline stations on every gallon sold and paid by them. And you know what; none of them have been put out of business because of it. This medical device tax is nothing more than an opportunity for the T-baggers to whine. It won't put a single person out on the street because it won't cost the medical device companies a dime. It will be paid for by the consumer's insurance company. What's been putting people on the street lately is failing medical devices and a lack of sales per all the news stories I've read lately. Sounds like a management issue.

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ronniereaganJan. 13, 1310:23 PM

Name me another business that is tax on GROSS sales and not profit. Amy and Al promised this would be reversed- maybe we should as those laid off at St. Jude how that works for them. Sadly- people actually believed Amy/Al and president Obama last November and now the bills are coming due. This is just the start of a huge mistake.

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aj9000Jan. 13, 1310:36 PM

The bigger surprise will be when Al and Amy get angry calls from constituents that find out that after losing their employer based health coverage they will be subject to an IRS fine when they cant afford to buy it on their own. I wonder if they will hem and haw once again.

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callmeronJan. 13, 1310:45 PM

Non-profit health insurer Blue Shield of California applied for a 20% rate increase. Why? Because of the high cost of complying with Obamacare. You didn't really think that the Obama administration mandating free birth control pills, free breast pumps, free mammograms, and free other services would really be free, did you? Sure, Democrat voters point their fingers and say "greedy corporation". But you really cannot say that about a non-profit health insurance company, can you? Nope. It turns out this whole "Obamacare will lower the cost of health care" was nothing but ONE HUGE LIE. Sensible people already knew that years ago, before it was passed into law so we could see what's in it.

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