When Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus proposed taxing medical devices to raise $40 billion over the next 10 years for his health care plan, opponents started digging in and looking at what would be taxed. It turned out feminine products, like tampons, were classified as class I medical devices and thus, the “tampon tax” was born.
The backlash was quick and severe enough against the idea that the committee quickly drafted new language that would exempt those necessities from the tax, along with all other class I devices, like tongue depressors, and decided to only tax class II medical devices and higher that cost less than $100.
They sure did backpeddle on that one. It was like a 2-yr-old who had his/her hand caught in the cookie jar.
Apparently, they are determined to make women of child-bearing age pay more one way or another:
But, just wait for the revolt to start again because women will still pay a price under the new structure. Particularly new moms who want to use a powered breast pump to bottle milk for their babies. Those devices, labeled class II, typically retails for more than $100.
Unfortunately, they didn't stop there. They decided to go after just about anyone else that might ever need major medical care:
And, all the rest of the more expensive, higher-class medical devices used by both men an women -- such as pacemakers, ventilators, X-ray machines, powered wheelchairs and surgical needles -- will be taxed, too.
As an added slap to the face of the patients that the Democrats are claiming to be trying to save money on health care:
(Wanda Moebius, vice president of policy communications at the Advanced Medical Technology Association) also noted that the proposed taxes would be based on a medical-device producer’s revenue, not profit, which will require businesses to pay more money to the government than a tax on profits.
Great! The political tax machine needs more of our money, and they pulled just about every trick in the book to achieve their objective of paying for the horrendous public option health plan by taxing various aspects of health care. Does robbing Peter to pay Paul mean anything to anyone?
How are they going to save people money on health care, if they are raising taxes on the same health care that they're supposed to be paying less for?
No wonder some Democrats are hesitating to let the media and the rest of us common folk actually have the ablility to read the bills.