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  • Democrat Senate Candidate Wants to Repeal (Part of) Obamacare

    There are millions of Americans who want to see Obamacare repealed, and with good reason. But it’s a rare day indeed when a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate (and former adviser to President Obama) calls for part of the president’s health care law to be eliminated.

    But that’s just what happened when Elizabeth Warren, who is campaigning in Massachusetts against incumbent Senator Scott Brown (R), authored an op-ed that calls for the repeal of Obamacare’s medical device tax. Under the law, Obamacare imposes a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers, beginning in 2013. The cost of the new tax–$20 billion from 2013 to 2019–will be passed down to consumers, who will ultimately pay the price through higher medical costs and premiums.

    Of course, new taxes bring new consequences, and Massachusetts will feel its share of the pain. Back in 2010, a CEO of a medical device company that employs 650 people in Massachusetts warned of Obamacare, “This bill is a jobs killer. We could be forced to (move) manufacturing overseas if we can’t pass along these costs to our customers.” Since all politics is local, it’s not surprising that Warren is now trumpeting the medical device and diagnostics industry in her state, remarking that it “employs around 24,000 people and is responsible for 13 percent of all state exports.” The continued success of that industry, Warren writes, depends on innovation — and the right climate for that innovation to occur demands a repeal of the medical device tax:

    Innovation starts with a creative spark—but that spark turns into a great invention only if the right conditions are in place. Steady financing and a smart, highly skilled team are critical.  The government also plays a critical role in speeding – or slowing – the pace of innovation. Three changes in government policy are essential: a more efficient regulatory system at the FDA, repeal of the medical device tax, and an increased national commitment to research and education.

    There are plenty of other taxes embedded in Obamacare, the ten most expensive of which we’ve identified here. And they’re just a handful of the reasons that the President’s health care law is fatally flawed. The best way to solve the problem, though, isn’t picking it apart piece by piece. A total repeal of the law is the answer.

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    12 Responses to Democrat Senate Candidate Wants to Repeal (Part of) Obamacare

    1. @SideTweetz says:

      The tax on medical devices was always an insane and unnecessary idea. Evidently, even a liberal is able to see that. Or is she just using it to portray herself as more of a moderate for the election?

      • Roger S. says:

        "Or is she just using it to portray herself as more of a moderate for the election?"

        Bing, Bing, BINGO !

    2. Bobbie says:

      No, no the thing must go!

      Drop taxes on food, clothes, water, shelter, medical on the human moral ethic of basic necessities to survive. No state should've been so inhumane to ever apply it and no federal government should have the gall to apply more. Repeal Obama care and all taxes in the name of human survival. Not cultural, racial, ethnic but human ONLY!!!!!

      all exemptions within reason. You don't have to have acupuncture, live in a mansion, wear provocative clothes, eat organic foods. Leisure tax, beyond survival tax or whatever! Lets bring back human decency in America! TAX REFORM!!!!

      • dardaughter says:

        Ahem! Acupuncture was the only treatment that solved my constant and debilitating spasms in my neck & back do to a compression injury. All other western medicine failed for ten years. And yes we do need to eat organic food! Why would you want to eat poison?

        But I do agree with dropping taxes on life necessities.

        • Bobbie says:

          Nice on the acupuncture but injuries aren't wide spread where acupuncture should be expensed by the injured. What makes you trust food "labeled" organic unless you grow it? …just saying

        • Bobbie says:

          hopefully the comment I wrote will surface…
          but just in case it doesn't, injuries aren't common place and either is acupuncture. If you've tried everything else leaving you no satisfaction, you can cover the cost of acupuncture also. That way you're freedom of choice and the responsibility to it can remain.

          poison is poison. why would you trust food labeled "organic" unless you grew it?

          Thank you for agreeing with dropping taxes on life necessities. It's the moral thing to do!

    3. Jsmith says:

      Throw ALL of Obamacare out. Looks like the Supreme Court is going to kill this misbegotten "law" anyway.

    4. John Stephano says:

      This is nothing but a ploy on her part. This tax is a small part of Obamacare.

    5. Lloyd Scallan says:

      I pray to God no one is foolish to believe anything Elizabeth Warren says. Do the people not know who and what Warren is and what she as advocated, not only for Massachusetts, but for the entire nation. Scott Brown is a bad enough RINO, but he is not even in the same class as Warren.

    6. Laura Henning says:

      Great! Ms. Warren doesn't mind the rest of the country going to hell under O-care just as long as she gets a waiver for 24,000 job holders in the medical device industry in her state. If the law is bad for these folks, Ms. Warren, it's bad for the rest of us in the nation. The unions have gotten their waivers. Why don't all of us get them?

    7. Jean says:

      I believe back when this bill was first voted on, Scott Brown started his appeal to repeal the tax on medical devices, i.e. http://www.medcitynews.com/2011/08/sen-scott-brow… and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ushWyEL87vs So Elizabeth Warren is a little late to the party.

    8. Taxpayer1234 says:

      She must have learned that one of her big stock holdings would be hurt by the tax.

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