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  • Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care Bills

    American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well.

    According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many of their manufacturers are expected to hike prices, meaning higher veterinary costs for the nation’s pet owners.

    The tax will not hit devices that are used exclusively for veterinary purposes. But a host of such devices are manufactured for use in both human health care and veterinary practices. Those devices’ manufacturers will have to pay the tax.

    The IRS rule states:

    Section 4191 [of the Internal Revenue Code] limits the definition of a taxable medical device to devices described in section 201(h) of the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act] that are intended for humans, but does not provide that the device must be intended exclusively for humans. Under existing [Food and Drug Administration] regulations, a device intended for use exclusively in veterinary medicine is not required to be listed as a device with the FDA, whereas a device intended for use in human medicine is required to be listed as a device with the FDA even if the device may also be used in veterinary medicine.

    According to the FDA, common “dual use” medical devices are “examination gloves, sterile catheters, infusion pumps, etc.”

    The device tax is expected to raise costs for consumers. A recent survey of 181 manufacturers found that a 52.5 percent majority plan to “pass along some or all of the increased cost [of the tax] to our consumers.” Among North American manufacturers, the portion who said they would raise prices was an even higher 58 percent.

    “Across the board there is bigger inclination among firms to raise prices and pass on costs to customers as a way to deal with the US tax,” the survey found.

    Pet owners already spend more than $12 billion on veterinary care annually. Obamacare may make it even more expensive to care for your pet.

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    196 Responses to Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care Bills

    1. Ginger says:

      Ginger, Savannah, and Keiko all say, "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!"

      • IAmAProudAmerican says:

        Poe and Frankie agree….Grrrrrrrrrrr!!

      • Veronica says:

        Obama wants to tax everything. He is just making things up as he goes. Tax everything everybody for his welfare people. He has definitely ruined our country. I am NOT afraid I did not vote for him can't stand him.

      • dogdoc2 says:

        For all who voted for Obama and those who failed to elect an alternative, we all got what we deserve!

      • Mary says:

        Another one of Obama's ploys to ruin Amerika and dissolve her to socialism/communism or even to Obama's religion; so that we will become Muslim.

    2. 22caliber says:

      Since when are examination gloves a "medical device"?

      • dtex says:

        Anything used for medical care is a medical device and that would include gloves!

      • guest says:

        Since Obeee needs to raise money to pay for his million plus vacations…. Oh what America did to itself, once okay a mistake,,, twice? what kind of fools are we?

      • joe schmoe says:

        as soon as they could be taxed

      • Spliff says:

        When the government says it is.

      • RevenueProducingUnit says:

        since the democrats figured out they could tax them as such.

      • Burgerflipperjoe says:

        When they give you the old one finger probulator. Just make sure the doc doesn't have both his hands on your shoulders while checking the old prostate.

      • Gompers says:

        Since they are held to higher standards than the gloves you buy at Home Depot for use when cleaning the kitchen or bathroom.

      • Tomas says:

        When government can tax it!

      • Cheryl says:

        Don't know if I would want an exam without the gloves in many cases.

      • Jeanne says:

        I would guess that if they are used for medical purposes, some clever author of this bill decided they can be considered "medical devices" and just one more thing to be taxed. EVERYTHING is going to be taxed. And we don't yet even know everything that's in this bill.

      • rags says:

        Soo . . . if I use latex gloves to mix paint or change the oil in my car, do I still have to pay the tax? Obviously, yes. Just because the gloves are marketed as "medical devices" doesn't mean that they'll be used as such, but we'll still pay the tax on them.

      • 556 Prepared says:

        Since Obamacare……can't find out what's in it till we pass. The nation voted for it, now we own it….via the re-election of Dear Leader.

      • Todd says:

        Condoms too. We're taxing condoms to subsidize birth control pills.

      • lol so many things are!!!

      • Vicky Bevis says:

        Think that's bad? Try "Tongue Depressors>"

      • @dennylee60 says:

        The only way to raise enough money to not go bankrupt the first couple years they will stat calling everything medical devices. Your car is a medical because it takes you to the doctor and your bed is a medical device because you lay on it when you are sick.

      • Timmy says:

        Wake up man, literally everything will eventually become part of Obamacare because literally everything affects health in one way or another. Even the keyboard you are typing on, uh oh, someone may get carpel tunnel syndrome, better regulate all keyboards ASAP, etc. etc. etc.

      • DVM says:

        Since the fall of the Republic

      • charlie says:

        Since obama has got the idea to tax them

      • Contrarian says:

        Obviously you have never had a physician applied colorectal exam.

    3. Marilyn says:

      Elections have consequences.

      • Who Cares says:

        Actually most Obama voters don't think any of this will effect them in any way. They been told the rich are going to be paying more, not them, and they believe it. They are quite a few at my work place who voice how great everything is going to be. I just smile to my self waiting for the expression their faces when they find out they are screwed like the rest of us.

      • That's right Marilyn. Tell it to Obama. You get what you vote for.

    4. BLW says:

      Next – death tax for pets !

      Who will pay for Monty Python's Dead Parrot ?

    5. Donna Joyce says:

      congressional and union-owned pets are undoubtedly exempt from this.

    6. Matt says:

      Even dogs are Millionaires and Billionairs in Obamas Amerika.

    7. Matt says:

      Even our pets must "pay thier fair share"

    8. guest says:

      gonna be alot of pet deaths next year

      • ditchdigger says:

        Not so easy. Dogs are registered in the gar—–er Cities. If Fido ends up missing, without the certified vet docs, at a cost and tax, there will be an investigation by untrainable Gov. employees, as they advance out of the TSA, the DCHI, Dog Cat Homicide Investigaters. They will dig up your flower beds, if Fido is found, the EPA, Air Board, Fish and Wildlife "worms or ants may be contaminated", local planning comission, no excavation permit, on and on and on. Have a nice day!

    9. hans says:

      PET POPULATION CONTROL

      • The Gnome says:

        Now if we could just get the dog catcher to get that mutt in the White House (and I don't mean Bo the Dog).

      • @LALIDIVINA says:

        this tax may make it to expensive to spay and neuter out pets.

      • Fr. David says:

        That's been going on for many years. When I got married in 1857, we lived in the country, and the neighbor's dog impregnated our young female, a union which gave me the dog I most cherish out of all I have been blessed to call my pets throughout my 74 years of existence. Now, between the puppy mills and the leash laws, coupled with the dog show crowd and their insistence on pedigree, it is almost impossible to find a dog that will live past the age of ten without spending a fortune in vet bills. Only one of the sad things that has happened to country I grew up in.

    10. Mouthy says:

      If Obamacare is supposed to "save" money, why do they need to increase taxes? ;-)

      • jhoger says:

        It's not just about saving money, it's also about ensuring security and affordability of health insurance for all citizens. Not everyone even has regular access to the health care system (other than being stabilized in the ER).

      • John says:

        Because its' not about saving money, but about collecting it and gaining more power.

      • ghbratton says:

        That is HOW it is supposed to "save" money….by uncountable taxes on everyone and everything….

      • Hardhat says:

        The intent of Obamacare has never been to reduce costs. It's purpose has always been to eventually control ALL healthcare, INCLUDING patients, obviously even the 4-legged furry ones.

      • Where have you been? Did you really believe in Obamacare?

      • mommabear says:

        It was never meant to save money. It has always been about controlling WeThePeople…
        One of the goals in Karl Marx's Manifesto is state run healthcare, and make no mistake, that is their end goal. With control over the people's healthcare, you have control over them. Read Liberty & Tyranny by Mark Levin. It's a great book. He wrote it before Obama was elected in 2008, but you would think it was written after the election.

    11. Squirtville says:

      Great….so instead of making Veterinary practices and Animal Rescues exempt this means more people are going to make pets disposable. Way to go….

      • PackOf 5 says:

        Yep! I tried to tell the liberal animal lovers and/or rescuers that…but they wouldn't listen. There's also a good chance that the libs will impose higher taxes/costs on veterinary expenses to make people with animal "share the cost" of obicare and help pay for "the poor."

      • Jerome C. Borden says:

        I heard one commenter saying that the Death Panels would apply Veterinarian standards to human care. The already do this in England where you can be merry but don't get too "Olde".

      • redneckkk says:

        it's control not health care

      • Harry Obrian says:

        If not already, once pet lovers become used to pets being disposable then humans won't be far behind. Presidents and politicians who have less respect for life than Hitler did don't do mankind any favors.

      • charlie says:

        There are going to tax glasses and contact lenses since they are medical devices and contacts are disposable.

    12. X5Today says:

      I guess it is true that the government is finally going to the dogs or is it the reverse?

      • carlton says:

        Please don't insult our dogs by bringing them down to government level! Most dogs are smarter and better than our government! LOL!

    13. Ken Wojnar says:

      Does this mean PETA will join the fight against Obamacare ????

      • BillyJoe says:

        Make no mistake. PETA has been caught killing over 90% of the pets they take in. They are liars in every sense of the word and care nothing for animals. They simply hate humans.

      • Hojo says:

        PETA is a political action group of the left and does what the DNC tells it to do. They don't care about animals one bit, look up the percentage of animals that survive once PETA gets their hands on them. Why do they kill so many?

      • Gunny2862@gmail.com says:

        In a word, "No". In PETA's view unless an animal is living a free unfettered existence in the wild it is not living it's "best" life. Responsible Pet Ownership is an oxymoron, unless you are talking about a specific PETA members cat or dog – but of course the rest of us just don't get it and shouldn't attempt to care for our pets because we just cause more pain and suffering with the puppy mills and unwanted cat litters that populate our world…

    14. Fido says:

      Dog-gone-it…

      • Sue says:

        Don't say 'we' get what we asked for. I didn't vote for this POS POTUS in either election. You liberals voted him in, now you own him and his Obamacare fiasco. Enjoy.

    15. We get what we ask for, now enjoy your vote.

    16. frizzy says:

      And this is just the begining!

    17. John Gault says:

      Woohoo! More taxes, just what we need! Don't bother to cut spending! Your a racist hick if you want to cut spending. Lets start taxing pets, Tax the Europeans, Asians, Canadians, Central and South Americans too! They don't pay their fair share too. Lets tax deer, moose, elk etc.. too, they don't pay their fair share either!

    18. Dave says:

      Yes but I'm sure Bo will get an exemption.

      • Vicky Bevis says:

        Of course! His "manager" gets over $100,000 for taking care of him. I'd walk him cheaper & the exercise would be good for me, too!

    19. Greg says:

      Why is this a surprise? The purpose for Obamacare isn't about healthcare, it's about controlling the lives of the individual! You elect a Statis and they will work to control every aspect of your life. Get used to it, this is only the tip of the iceburg

    20. Border Collie says:

      Makes sense. Obama only likes dogs as a food source…

    21. Genny says:

      Forward!

    22. Jimmy Doolittle says:

      It's started…

    23. voteindependent says:

      although we could always consider using the vets for OUR healthcare and save money.. and most likely get better care..lol..

      • PackOf5 says:

        I absolutely would. Our vets are more skilled surgeons than the md's I know. They also have better bedside manner and don't have the arrogant attitude. In the meantime…find conservative docs…stop going to the libs and recommend the lib docs to every low-income, non-paying person you can find. Send the low pay/no pays to the docs that voted for this and keep the good ones for us…and pay them.

      • okatts says:

        My brother delights in telling people that his doc is a vet. He was a vet that later became a MD.

      • Brian says:

        My wife is a vet and i can tell you for sure that many vet offices are better, cleaner and more professional than some doctors offices i have been to!

    24. Wilson says:

      may the fleas of a thousand dogs infest those responsible…

    25. misslapresents says:

      Besides Granny, they're coming for FIDO.

    26. Rosemary Kelly says:

      Unfortunately many pets are losing their homes because of the skyrocketing costs. People are getting out of rescue because they can't afford it. My dog food alone has increased 33% in the past 6 months.

    27. Jeremy says:

      Let's face it . . . there isn't one aspect of our lives that won't be taxed by this regime. Taxes = Control; and control over each and every decision we think we make it the goal of the tax & spend facists.

    28. Bob Nuckolls says:

      Further evidence that the tax code has nothing to do with raising revenues. The most juvenile of legislators could not invent a less efficient system. The Catholic Church devised one of the greatest collection systems ever. 10% of the income of the faithful. 10% of everything turns out to be a whole lot more revenue of despotic progressive quests for fairness interleaved with tools for punishment combined with avenues for reward to the 'faithful'.

      2.3% on devices for the care of pets? What adolescent drivel. We are rapidly succumbing to the whims of a cadre of children raised and educated by still more childlike parents and teachers. Don't think so? Witness the so-called leadership going through motions of avoiding fiscal disaster for the nation . . . is there a single 'adult' in the news?

      The uninformed electorate (a euphemism for 'ignorant') has voted their economic wet dream teams into office. Despotic progressivism has been and always will be self correcting. Nobody survives their finest achievements.

    29. Genteel says:

      Fido and Spot must do their part to usher in socialized medicine.

    30. Joe Barton says:

      We now live in the Soviet Union. Thank you, democrats.

    31. MizGeek says:

      Obamacare is the biggest tax hike in history. Just because the medical device manufacturer is taxed not the consumer doesn't mean the consumer won't pay the tax because you will. No business pays taxes. The cost to the business for the tax is included in the price of the products and services you buy so the consumer pays ALL taxes in the end. People who go "yeah tax that business" are dopes.

    32. cooper52 says:

      Pet ownership is already expensive. Fewer animals will get the care they need. I just spent 1500 on surgery for my dog and that was a bargain. Anyone who thinks they are immune to the harm Obamacare will cause this country whether directly or indirectly is delusional. Obama is a pathological liar. The best is yet to come.

      • UpChuck.Liberals says:

        I've got two dogs, two cats and two birds, I wouldn't trade them for the POS in the White House or the twit from 'Frisco. Who I can assure you can't read.

    33. typicalwhiteguy says:

      Yet one more reason my dog hates Obama.

    34. Something must be done about a pet health care crisis in this country.

      • @LALIDIVINA says:

        it's not the pet health care crisis, it the overpopulation of unwanted pets, every day 10,000 animals are slaughtered in shelters across America. Opt to Adopt!

    35. Carol says:

      Good veterinary care is very expensive, even now. Those of us that love our pets will find a way to accomodate this monster of a man who imposes his will on all, even innocent animals. Note: it's going to have a negative effect on dental care, too, and as everyone knows, that is also expensive. I wonder if veterinarians and dentists are going to be forced to treat the Obamacare recipients free of charge?

    36. Larry Croft says:

      I'm happy to be 75 years of age. The end is nearing.

    37. Jim says:

      Obama and the Democrats want to cost us all we make just for the necessities of life while they revel in the trappings of the elite, all while they denigrate all capitalists outside the Democrat Party.

    38. Wow, I can't believe this. Our pets are going to pay too!

    39. PackOf5 says:

      I have said this would happen since the uproar while it was being rammed through. Then, right after it was signed into law, my dog's Rx from the pharmacy went up about two hundred dollars! I showed the two receipts to everyone that would look…yet notice where we are now. Ron Paul people wouldn't vote for romney even just to avoid obi, and obi and his dirty bunch cheated.
      Conservatives (Heritage included!) are pretending and reacting as if these people have honor…scruples…ethics. Ha! They don't have even the slightest inkling of anything remotely resembling those! I don't get why conservatives won't wake up.

    40. fuzzy says:

      My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. She has her food prepared for her. She can eat whenever she wants, 24/7/365. Her meals are provided at no cost to her. She visits the Dr. once a year for her checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise. For this she pays nothing, and nothing is required of her. She lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than she needs, but she is not required to do any upkeep. If she makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. She has her choice of luxurious places to sleep. She receives these accommodations absolutely free. She is living like a queen, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever. All of her costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day. I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head, Holy SH*T, my dog is a democrat!

    41. luxomni says:

      Doesn't adding a tax to something always make it more affordable? Only in the Bizzaro World of Obama.

    42. Weadoptedonce says:

      Just got the newsletter from a shelter we adopted from. The new rate for adoption is now $300 and up. There's a special on cats, however. Animals are the new class-warfare acquisition and this taxation will do much for making sure certain classes of people will have only what the government wants you to have…

    43. Alice Polarbear says:

      I agree with Wilson. May the fleas of a thousand dogs infest those responsible, and may they all come down with worms (both intestinal and heartworms) and may they also suffer from Parvo.

    44. Joe Kelly says:

      Must be what the electorate wants. Right?

    45. 51% of the people in this country voted for Obama. That means that the 49% of the decent people in the country have absolutely no say in how the country is going to be run, and the inmates are now running the asylum. The United States is on the path to total financial destruction, and I am not sure but what it is intentional.

    46. Mendoza says:

      I don't own any pets, and so… I don't care!

    47. I guess I won't be rescuing any more animals. Obama seems to have had a negative effect on every single aspect of my life, right down to my animals. How sad for this country. What an a$$hat.

    48. Ralloh says:

      Too bad, but you stupid democrats voted that thing back in for four more years. This is just the very beginning. You own it now.

    49. oldsettler says:

      More than $12 Billion spent on vet care for animals every year. What a messed up society we have that will waste so much money on animal care. Get a new pet, donate the unnecessary vet bill to help people.

    50. Guest_Zoner says:

      obama voters are the lowest form of life.

    51. savetheusa says:

      remember queen nancy pillosi said you have to pass the bill to know what is in it.
      sorry suckers
      the democrats have screwed the USA and now their pets once again

    52. This whole Obamacare is going to be our-all of us-downfall!

    53. Whataworld says:

      If gloves are a medical devise than virtually everything is so everything gets taxed. But at least I can take comfort in knowing that Obama only THINKS he is all powerful and in control. We will all be judged one day.

    54. Doug MacIver says:

      nancy said we'll have to read the bill

    55. @Piquerish says:

      This just in – FLASH! ObamaCare will hike the costs of EVERYTHING. Now, back to sleep, everyone.

    56. 2ndprotectsall says:

      It's going to get worse, not better. Hope for the best prepare for the worst.

    57. Greg says:

      Enjoy it Liberals! This is what you wanted! You got it. Swallow it with a smile.

    58. Brian says:

      Not just Vets, but Dentists are seeing the same medical device tax hit. Expect dental fees to go up the largest percentage in many years.

    59. MarieArnold says:

      Oh for Pete's sake….this is getting more and more ridiculous by the day. What were people thinking by returning this administation to the Whitehouse? Now the country is definitely going to the dogs too…

    60. Audrey says:

      Time to take our animals for a walk on the White House lawn w/o pooper scoopers!

    61. viper says:

      I had quite a discussion with my dog and she informed me that she was already paying too much for medical treatment and was NOT going to pay any more. I think she has decided to go on welfare. She's been offered a free cell phone!

    62. Hoodlytoot says:

      New Zealand… here we come!

    63. Richard Clark says:

      I work in the Medical Device industry. The Obamacare Medical Device Tax is a 2.3% tax on the gross revenues of a medical device manufacturer. It is geared toward implantable devices such as pacemakers, heart valves, joint replacements, etc. It does not distinguish who purchased the medical device or on whom (or what species) the device was use for. Therefore, a company that makes medical devices for veterinary purposes in addition to human medical purposes or has devices that can be used in both animals and humans will be subjected to this tax for their total revenues despite the breakdown of human versus veterinary sales. And yes, for whatever purpose the device is purchased for, like any tax, the cost of the 2.3% will be passed on to the end customer.

    64. mwhals says:

      Boo, Padfoot, Percy, Mercy and Nikki are not too happy about this. If they were big cats, they would be tearing into congress right now.

    65. Comen Ter says:

      Great! Another non-working, non-productive, non-taxpaying part of America, the minority taxpaying citizens will have to support!

    66. radiomankc says:

      Trying to figure out how TAXING health care equipment for patients and those who pay their medical bills reduces health care costs. Anybody know?

    67. Gypsy says:

      Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. After the first four years it looks like we would have learned. How in the blazes did Obama get re elected?

    68. Eva says:

      He is nothing but pure evil. Do you think he will have to pay for his dogs bill. NO we will probably pay for it. I hope those of you who vote for him will suffer the consequences as well. Like we pay for million dollar vacations and all his thugs in the office.

    69. Either the owners can pay the tax through reduced earnings, or the employees via reduced pay or benefits, neither of those are going to happen, so that leaves the clients paying the tax. But if its collected by the manufacturer, the distributors will mark up the total cost of the item, and we will also mark up the cost so the clients will pay over 10 percent. I put the clinic's wholesale price in the computer, and the retail price automatically appears on the bill. Any vet hospital that reported they wouldn't raise prices as their costs rise is either lying or is so clueless about basic hospital management I wouldn't trust them to diagnose an ear infection.

      The funniest part of Obamacare is taxing condoms to pay for birth control pills. Dear Dr. O, you can't lower the cost of healthcare by taxing it.

    70. Ina Sandles says:

      We will make Greece look like "pick up sticks." This is how to learn, a total collapse of our freedoms.
      Four more years of this inept leadership. A lot more strays will be the result.

    71. CatB says:

      Great ..so now even our pets will suffer at the hands of Obama.

    72. roborocco says:

      Are we out of our minds? How could rational people inflict such garbage on themselves? Maybe the idea of rational people has long gone.

    73. Mickey Mouse says:

      The best part of that "tax" is that it is a 2.3% tax on the TOP line of the companies revenue, regardless of if they are profitable or not. So the reality of this teeny tiny tax is that it equates to over 15% of the after tax profits of the companies and will delay profitability for smaller companies and make those awful rich people think twice before they invest in a company that is subject to such a tax.

      Yipee

    74. Liz says:

      Just watch 2016 Obama's America!! and you'll know why! Only jerks like the libs and Obama would hurt the poor, the ill and the defenseless. What a hypocrites they are!!

    75. @JonW57 says:

      And once again the government violates the law. The IRS is not the U.S. House and under the Constitution the House is where all fiscal policy (and taxes) start, not in the minds of the unelected bureaucrats in the offices of the IRS.

    76. egoist says:

      My awesome plan was to use doggy's vet for our family healthcare after all of the human docs go Galt. Now, even that is in jeopardy!

    77. WarriorClass III says:

      The America we grew up in no longer exists. It has been taken over by an illegitimate government that arbitrarily enforces laws against one group, us, and not another, the oligarchy (i.e. Corzine), wants to force us to pay for the murder of unborn children and support sodomite marriage and unconstitutional wars, while violating every part of the constitution at will.

      To pay taxes to this anti-Christ government is to be complicit with it, and suffer it's fate in hell. This is deadly serious.

      If you pay taxes, you are guilty.

    78. MNVet says:

      As a veterinarian and an informed citizen, I am not surprised by this ever expanding reach by the feds. What astounds me is the fact that half the owners of my clinic voted for Obama despite every indication that their taxes would rise. This will be one more thing passed along to our clients who are already finding it extremely difficult to provide their pets with good care for financial reasons. I would advise any new puppy or kitten owner to seriously consider pet insurance…..because Obamacare will not pay your vet bill, it will only make it larger.

    79. Paradigms_ says:

      Cute picture.

      Will the ice in the ice pack be taxed?

    80. michael warren says:

      Now a cat will really need nine lives . . . if he is going to survive Obamacare.

    81. Michael says:

      A cat has nine lives? Not under Obamacare. The owner won't be able to afford it.

    82. George says:

      Why is this a surprise? If the idiots in DC could devise a scheme to tax us for the air we breathe, they would do it. A pox on them all!

    83. Obama screws the pooch!

    84. Nick says:

      Progressives consider pet ownership to be a form of slavery and that animals should have the same rights as people. The next step will be a hefty tax on pet licensing (we now have to license our cat who never goes further than the litter box or food dish!), as well as pet food and ads to make pet owners look evil. Eating meat will also be made socially unacceptable and taxed up the wazoo, until it is banned. Finally, they will lock you up and set Fido and Fluffy free.

    85. Teresa says:

      Hmmmm… Seems like SOME group may be happy about less pigs in America (see pork prices) and a dwindling pet population (they view them as 'unclean). Worldwide caliphate, anyone?

    86. Gary Griffin says:

      Cause I'm the Taxman. Oh yeah.

    87. Number One says:

      It is time for a "Million Dog & Cat Mile March" in Washington, DC. Bring your animals to parade around the White House until each animal has deficated and/or voided on the premises. It could go down as "the big stink smelled around the World."

    88. MikeInAZ says:

      Nice, you know who the big loser will be in this situation. Instead of paying more for pet care, a lot of people will just euthanize their pet instead of paying the higher cost.

    89. Ed Phillips says:

      just more of the "hidden" parts of this Obamacare bill that was passed "so that we can know whats in it (Nancy Pelosi) and there is more to come this bill even without Obama still in office is enough to cripple America but now we have it and him.

    90. Vlad says:

      Who is John Galt?

    91. Butch says:

      So do I have to pay for fido insurance? Will he be fined if he doesn't have health insurance?
      Can I get my dogs registered to vote?

    92. ken says:

      Now dogs will receive the same tax treatment as humans. Next humans will be treated just like dogs. Good bye grandma and grandpa.

    93. This is saving us money? Thanks Obama and all you idiots who re-elected him. Hope you are all very happy.

    94. Peg says:

      I think camels…. more fleas on camels…….

    95. peg says:

      sorry bob…. it wasn't the Catholic Church that came up with 10 percent…. and I don't think it is 10…. I think it is more like 7 percent and most all churches do the same tithing….

    96. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      This will make my sister mad.

    97. thad says:

      This article is ridiculous. Your vet will not be charged, only in the instance of these items used on people. Did this "journalist" do ANY checking?

    98. Guest says:

      Now that Obama has more "flexibility" he is going postal on America. Slowly, he is taking off his Hannibal Lecter human skin mask so everyone can see who he really is. Until the leftist loons feel the heat and rise up against this clown this is going to continue. Until then, "Here's Johnny!"

    99. Too bad I have to go along for the ride, but it's going to be so much fun watching the look of astonishment on the faces of the Obamatools when he starts marching them off to the death camps.

      You have to find bright spots somewhere.

    100. So since I'm a pet owner, I'll be getting screwed twice.

    101. lance says:

      Obama is the best thing for america . Selling bonds and creating a rat race is counter productinve

    102. Tony Andrus says:

      Cradle to grave. For you and your pets that is how obama what's to control your life and all of us will by paying for it with higher taxes. Not just the rich.

    103. Oblivionated says:

      No Pet Left Behind!

    104. BikerBen says:

      Thank goodness our healthcare costs are going to come down. I know because Nancy Pelosi told me so, and I love Nancy Pelosi. I just want to embrace her and kiss her. She's my idol. I can hardly wait to start seeing reduced healthcare costs.

    105. iconico62 says:

      This premise is the same premise that Teadiots keep harping on. They anticipate wounds that have not happened yet, all set with their bandaid, tears and all. Kinda like their preemptive celebration of a Romney sweep. Stupid, stupid, stupid. No wonder sane people refer to them as studiots.

    106. LuckyPenny says:

      Ummmnmm I think that the health care law was compromised when congress got involved in the deal. How do we know whose action and whose side this law was changed under?

    107. Karen says:

      I guess I won't be visiting my local pet shelter to adopt a dog like I was planning. It's enough to to just feed and take care of the family.

    108. Guest says:

      So can we finally put to rest the lie being told by the Socialist that OBAMACARE,insuring 30 MILLION more peope was going to cost less? Only and Socialist or an idiot would haved believed this BS.

    109. We're doomed.
      As long as the gimme-dats can vote and want more Section 8, foodstamps, EBT, easy SSI Disability, $10k tax breaks for stupid battery cars, amnesty for trespassing illegals, two-year Unemployment benefits, etc — we are doomed.

    110. Pete says:

      screwin' the pooch….

    111. You all make a big joke of this while your liberties are confiscated. Hell… you don't care as long as you have your pathetic ration of humanity which is dictated to you but nothing more. You make me sick.

    112. Jerry says:

      Let me get this straight: ObamaCare is trying to cut medical costs by putting an extra tax in medical devices?!? That shows the great depth of his economics knowledge!

    113. curtis nunley says:

      My how those socialist are so clever to list examination gloves as a medical device. What will they think of next?

    114. Linda Lampe says:

      Never mind in his lordships vision for a green America,he will suggest we recycle our pets and have them for dinner.

    115. mrrzk says:

      I think Obama lies awake at nite just thinking of ways to hurt us, to invade our lives, to destroy our Country.
      No matter what Obama does, there is ALWAYS—SELF-INTEREST. …and TOTAL DISREGARD FOR ANY OF US…………..

      I know this is OFF SUBJECT, but see what our tax dollars are paying for in spite of how bad things are..
      Obama's oldest daughter and 15 of her friends have gone on vacation to Mexico on our tax dollars
      That also included 35 security guards. I believe Obama just DOESNT CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!
      GOD BLESS AMERICA

    116. mommabear says:

      Molly says hisssssssss hissssssssss!!!

    117. mommabear says:

      Molly says hisssssssss hissssssssss!!!

    118. BlueShadowII says:

      Why survey manufacturers to determine how many will pass this additional cost on to their customers? Ultimately, all will or they will go out of business!

      Businesses don't pay taxes! They only collect taxes from their customers and pass that money on to the various governments.

    119. razir says:

      a lo of pet store owners will have to lay off some of thier employess because of the(sure to come) a decrease in business .

    120. Auguie says:

      Lived 35 years under a Communist Regimen. Same story with Obamun here. I didn't vote for him, but many did. This is nothing yet. Say Goodbye to Freedom period. Very Sad. Very Sad indeed

    121. Bobbie says:

      I can't believe there isn't any law this administration hasn't violated or why he isn't held accountable publically so people learn the ethical expectations of leadership and what America's respect for self reliance and personal control called freedom and independence, is all about.

    122. Tony Bennett says:

      Obamacare even affects our pets! Ughhh!

    123. Scott says:

      I call bull…. My dog is epileptic. I can't get him Health Insurance because of Pre-Exisiting Conditions… That part was only over turned for humans. Now his care will be even more expensive…. I got screwed twice with this one

    124. Phyllis says:

      American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well.

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