Democrats are in a very big hurry to make some changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It seems they’ve suddenly found real problems in the 2,500 page law they rammed down the nation’s throat almost 3 years ago. Getting their primary attention is a brand new 2.3% excise tax on medical devices that went into effect January 1, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and 16 of his fellow Democrats, including hyper-partisan Chuck Schumer, sent a letter to their leader, Harry Reid, asking that he support delaying the application of the new levy. There are plenty of good reasons to kill this particular offshoot of ObamaCare, many of which were offered by Republicans in 2009-2010. Some of their arguments were summarized succinctly by Boston Scientific CEO Ray Elliott. On October 20, 2009 he predicted: “In a nutshell, it would raise costs and lead to significant job losses. It does not address the quality of care, but the political scorecard of savings.” The warnings went completely unheeded by Democrats.
Fast forward to the present. Suddenly, even some of the most far left supporters of ObamaCare are singing from the GOP hymnal. Al Franken’s home state newspaper had a December headline claiming their senator believes the “Health Reform Tax Would Jeopardize Jobs”. Duh, Al.
But it’s worse than that. On the very day they voted to pass the law, every one of these pols were fully aware of the damage that would be inflicted with its new tax. Here’s proof of how cold heartedly cynical they were then, and how dishonest they’re being now.
At the end of March, 2010, the “Affordable Care Act” came for a vote in the Senate. The bill had a number of common sense, forward thinking amendments offered by Republicans. Several of the most critical related directly to the Medical Device Tax.
The following changes were proposed:
Senator Inhofe: Protect Pediatrics and Disabled from Medical Device Tax
Senator Crapo: Protect Cancer Patients from Medical Device Tax
Senator Hatch: Protect Wounded Warriors from Medical Device Tax
That’s right. A bunch of those supposedly aloof Conservatives attempted to protect kids, the disabled, those suffering from cancer, and severely injured veterans from being harmed by this slimy tentacle of ObamaCare. Meanwhile, phony, self aggrandizing Democrats claiming to be defenders of those in need passed on offering a single helping hand….to those most in need.
What finally got their attention? It took businesses in their states hollering about the awful economic impact this tax would have on their home town, medical equipment industry. Tens of thousands of jobs would be at stake, but obviously, none more important to these politicians than their own.
Don’t believe for a second Democrat “lawmakers” weren’t fully warned and aware of the treacherous pitfalls in ObamaCare in general, and it’s evil spawn, the Medical Device Tax in particular. They had an “historic bill” to pass. Screw cancer patients, children, the disabled and Wounded Warriors.
This shines a bright light on how these hypocritical pols think. It’s simple really. Right after them….the most vulnerable come first.