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And why won't the local media shine some light on their switcheroo?
The Few Realitites: 1 - Upon passage of the ACA with a medical device tax, companies like Siemans (Germany), Omron (Japan) and Phillips (Netherlands) were grinning ear to ear knowing that with the increased costs of U.S. products, their U.S. market share will increase as the Medtronic's, Boston Scientific's, St. Jude Medical's prices would rise, margis would fall, market shae decrease, growth slow and employees laid off or not hired. 2 - Senator Klobacher and Senator Franken's backtracking demonstrates poor decision making for Minnesota constituents they are swon to serve. 3 - As for the general and dominant media in Minnesoa, not holding Senator Franken and Senator Klobacher accountable for this poor decision making should not come as a surprise to anyone.
Jason, you make it so easy all I need to do is quote Ronald Reagan, "There you go again!" From your screed, "That issue alone ought to be especially acute for one Alan Stuart Franken, whose contentious victory in 2008 allowed a filibuster-proof Democratic majority to pass the Affordable Care Act.” First, Al Franken won the election, get over it. Second, the Democrats never had a filibuster proof Democratic majority in the history of President Obama’s first term! The ACA was passed using a method known as reconciliation which meant that it could NOT be filibustered and didn’t need Frankens vote, they only needed 51 votes. The Democrats only had 58 Democratic Senators, their largest number, which is two short of 60 the number needed to override a filibuster. Get your history correct and quit trying to rewrite it. Third, you’re complaining about a couple of jobs at a medical device company. How come you haven’t written about the 45,000 new medical jobs created in December, 2012 or the 338,000 medical jobs created in all of 2012. Right now the medical field is one of the hottest jobs out there and you want to whine about what, 1,000 workers losing their job because their companies are building defective products and they’re getting sued. Finally, it’s so nice that you’re willing to carry water for the medical device companies. Not only are they going to make tons of money with all the new customers, but they get to pass the medical device tax on to the insurance companies so it really won’t cost them anything.
Nice try Jdellis1. No company wants to pay more taxes but the reality is that the American companies will be increasing their business because 40 million more people will be able to use their products. Jason Lewis and the rest of the conservatives have been misleading the public on the ACA since it was introduced. They offer no alternative to insure everyone fairly and with policies that actually offer good health care. For the first time in history health insurance companies will have to compete for business on a level playing field, they will not be able to hide their tricks in small print and they'll have to offer polices that actually protect people. Small business will generally benefit greatly from the increased risk pool that STABLIZES their insurance costs and makes them less susceptible to insuranace company penalties on them if one of their employees has an expensive illness. The ACA will help entrepeneurs take the risk of starting a new business without fear of loosing the only health care they can afford, the principal deterrent to startups. The act may need tinkering as it goes along but it is our best hope to enlarge the risk pool and ensure everyone, the basis of decreasing health care costs to everyone, including business. Indications are, in states that have already launched their exchanges, that actual costs and rates may decrease to the consumer. Shhhh, don't tell anybody.
Of course, it's bias. Severe bias, and Bachmann is a rare breath of fresh air in a government drowning in debt and propaganda. It isnt even worth watching the "news" lately for print or TV because it's become pure advocacy.
Jason's examples are spot-on, as our large corporation's employee contributions increased up to 60% in one year (for 2013). News? Nope....
All medical providers are currently reeling from Obama's HHS now increasing the already inflated ICD 9's 17,000 diagnosis codes to ICD's 10 140,000 diagnosis codes. Just try adjust your electronic medical records to that change! News? Nope. You think costs are going down with 140,000 diagnosis codes? :oD
Lastly, MN just released it's annual hospital death data last week. Remember, MN efforts sprung from the big federal study that claimed 50-100,000 "die every year from medical errors." So, based on MN's population our predicted annual death rate would be about 800-1600 MN patients "killed by errors"---> each year. So how did MN do? Well, deaths were up to 14 in 2012 from the 2011 total of 6. Any media interest in this monstrous discrepancy (100 fold!) in hospital deaths? Nope. Our medical group contacted numerous media outlets last week for comment on the facts the federal data seems 100x inflated-- but they wont even return calls or emails.
Remember that media disinterest, the next time somebody cites federal data or studies on budget projections, war/droning policy, or climate change-->and take that data with a really, really massive dose of skepticism. The media doesn't, indeed, they seem to purposely run cover for gov't fibs...... ;o)
Anyway, nice column, Jason.
gogerfanz: You lost me at "Michelle Bachmann is a breath of fresh air." That's not how I would describe her.
"When did Franken and Klobuchar see the light on taxes?"
Oh, I dunno. Perhaps it was after they passed the bill and then read it.
"And why won't the local media shine some light on their switcheroo?"
Perhaps it's because they serve more as DFL campaign literature than a news... Oh look! Someone in Michelle Bachman's campaign is unhappy! Stop the press!
It will be fun when 2014 rolls around and all of the Obomacare "fees" kick in. The howling that you will hear from the masses will be hilarious.
Sven and Ole, two Minnesota engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walks by asks what they were doing.
"Ve're supposed to find da height of dis flagpole, " said Sven, "but ve don't haff a ladder."
The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, "Twenty one feet, six inches," and walked away.
Ole shook his head and laughed. "Ain't dat just like a voman! Ve ask fer da height and she gives us da length!"
Sven and Ole have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving in the United States Senate.
Jason, thanks for continuing to provide an onjective perspective. The media continues to give Al and Amy a free pass for not doing their jobs. We expect them to represent Minnesota's best interests and thoughtfully vote from that perspective. They are rubber stamps to anything coming out of Washington on the DFL agenda. We deserve better and the media ought to hold them accountable.
jdlellis1, the tax applies to Siemans (Germany), Omron (Japan) and Phillips (Netherlands) products sold in the US and does not apply to Medtronic or Boston Scientific or St. Jude Medical products sold overseas. Foreign companies do not have an advantage over US based companies because of the tax.
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