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16 Dem Senators Who Voted For Obamacare Decry “Job-Killing” Obamacare Tax Will Obamacare kill jobs?

CAPISCE 2012/12/12 14:07:32
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Beltway: Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed. Echoing arguments made by Republicans against Obamacare, the Democratic senators say the levy will cost jobs — in a statement Monday, Sen. Al Franken called it a “job-killing tax” — and also impair American competitiveness in the medical device field.

The senators, who made the request in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are Franken, Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Joseph Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Robert Casey, Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Mikulski, Kay Hagan, Herb Kohl, Jeanne Shaheen, and Richard Blumenthal. All voted for Obamacare.

Two other Democrats, senators-elect Joe Donnelly and Elizabeth Warren, also signed the letter. Donnelly voted for Obamacare as a member of the House. Warren was not in Congress at the time.
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  • mal 2012/12/12 14:11:32
    YES
    mal
    +13
    The entire bill will eliminate competition and thousands of jobs, fools.

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  • Jeb Roberts 1 %'er - POTL -... 2012/12/28 00:28:48
  • princess 2012/12/22 04:15:56
    YES
    princess
    Surprise, Surprise-----stunning Liberal IGNORANCE.
  • 1900 2012/12/17 16:19:53
    YES
    1900
    +1
    Typical Liberal Democrat ideology: Everyone must pay...."except me". As soon as is hits their own pocket book, either directly or via lobbyists or major contributors, then it's not so good anymore.
  • Bureauc 0Bamao 2012/12/17 15:00:00
    YES
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    +2
    Sounds like an admission they didn't bother to read the Bill.
    (As if we needed confirmation)
  • User Deactivated 2012/12/16 15:45:09
    YES
    User Deactivated
    +3
    It is already killing jobs. It will continue to do so. I think that is the main goal.
  • mchappell2 2012/12/14 00:37:26 (edited)
    YES
    mchappell2
    +3
    It is going to kill more than jobs...Just wait..
  • Kara ~~~ American Patriot 2012/12/14 00:29:24
  • Dave 2012/12/13 20:23:09
    YES
    Dave
    +5
    However, let's be clear that these 16 Senators are only trying to protect the medical devices industry that donated so many mega-buck to their campaigns. While the Dems pretend to support the middle class, they really are only looking out for their fellow one-percenters. And anyone who believes that insuring TWENTY MILLION more folks while hiring SIXTEEN THOUSAND new IRS employees is going to LOWER your health insurance costs, you simply have a case of terminal dumbass.
  • Quazimoto 2012/12/13 18:04:26
    YES
    Quazimoto
    +4
    Well maybe if they do their job, unlike Nasty Pelosi, and read the bill before they pass the bill. Idiots.
  • dave b 2012/12/13 14:02:23
    YES
    dave b
    +4
    ObamaKare will be referenced as the biggest government run disaster in American history.
  • CAPISCE dave b 2012/12/13 14:27:04
    CAPISCE
    +4
    Obama Zombies will never admit anything
  • CWOO10 - PWCM 2012/12/13 12:20:10 (edited)
    YES
    CWOO10 - PWCM
    +4
    Businesses must find a way to survive, and if the ACA (Obamacare) drives AFTER TAX Profit to a point where a business cannot sustain itself, then cuts will be made in order to survive.



    We really don't know yet, but time will tell.



    I do think American businesses will find a way to deal with this, and the impact will not be devastating, although it will impact everyone's wallet... one way or the other.

    By the way, Al Franken is a Idiot.
  • cc 2012/12/13 07:50:12
    YES
    cc
    +3
    You have to ask?
  • Stacy F 2012/12/13 06:00:31
    YES
    Stacy F
    +4
    In a time where the American taxpayer is being burdened with the cost of out-of-control spending, workers should not be taxed for being competitive in ANY part of the medical field. This is just more foolishness by Harry Reid, and Obama.
  • AL 2012/12/13 05:52:09
    YES
    AL
    +5
    Any time Employers have to pay more for anything, it either raises the cost of their product- or they lay off workers and quit hiring more workers as well!
  • Erok AL 2012/12/13 07:00:32
    Erok
    +3
    Yep and it's starting to happen already....the hospital I work at has just issued an extremely harsh attendance policy that will most defenitely be showing some folks the door in 2013.....it goes in on January 1st !!!
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/12/13 04:55:58 (edited)
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    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +2
    I would not say that part of it is going to cost jobs but it is going to drive up healthcare and mostly on the elderly. That what happens when you allow outside agencies to right bill and then you do not bother to read them. What was that about the fog of the day?
  • us 2012/12/13 04:26:22
    YES
    us
    +3
    Obamacare was done so wrong, backroom deals. They did not take the times to read the bill, I wonder if that how they run there own home this way. I wonder what else in this bill they did not read, what did pelosi say we have to pass to see what is in it.

    Shame on all them who did not stand up for the American people.
    I do believe Healthcare can be reasonable, and done right.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/12/13 03:57:59
    YES
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +5
    Dumb bells voted for a law they did not even attempt to review - WE all tried to tell them
  • johngoodboy 2012/12/13 03:52:31
    YES
    johngoodboy
    +5
    So the Buffoons who voted for the bill they did not read are crying foul. Why don't they just repeal this POS and admit they messed up.
  • aherbert 2012/12/13 03:31:46
    no
    aherbert
    +2
    No ... the GOP is a party full of chicken littles .... give it rest with all this propaganda
  • dave b aherbert 2012/12/13 14:04:20
    dave b
    Tell us why funding for Obama's Civilian Security Force is in the ObamaKare bill, and what it has to do with health care.
  • aherbert dave b 2012/12/14 17:54:45
    aherbert
    Hey could be for security at the hospitals ... I can't tell you anything about that however I can tell you one thing ... I am not concern about that. President Obama has only implemented things and all of his actions have been for the betterment of America ... go tell that
  • Texas Johnny 2012/12/13 03:28:39
    YES
    Texas Johnny
    +5
    Oh now they are against it! They must have read it after they passed it! Say good bye to those morons if anyone of them are up for reelection in 2014. They are liars and fools!
  • Patent1 Texas J... 2012/12/13 04:18:46
    Patent1
    Like the repugs and teaboogers who were for the individual mandate before they were against it?
  • Texas J... Patent1 2012/12/13 19:20:07
    Texas Johnny
    Really? Never read that! Your are claiming all of them were for it? Not likely!
  • hatter 2012/12/13 03:08:00
  • Patent1 hatter 2012/12/13 04:21:10
    Patent1
    OHNO! THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING! $23 ON A $1000 IMPLANT! iTS GOING TO BREAK US ALL! ESP. BCBS WHERE THE CEO ONLY MAKES 10 MILLION/YR!
  • hatter Patent1 2012/12/13 04:36:00
    hatter
    +3
    thats your twisted opinion not every boss makes a boat load of money. but thanks to unions you have to have a boat load of money to be a boss. that is what they are pushing.
  • Patent1 hatter 2012/12/27 18:37:45
    Patent1
    What you said is unparsable.
  • hatter Patent1 2012/12/28 11:50:43
    hatter
    I'm just saying. the tax will just make business ownership harder. It will make it more expensive to run a business by adding another cost to business. Just more requirements to deal with. I'm not exactly sure who will be hit with it. But in Hawaii the boss has to provide health insurance to the worker or he can't hire him. And I'm afraid that will be the same here in Oregon eventually. Which will put the boss and the worker farther apart. And unions support those kind of employment killing rules.
  • Cthulhu 2012/12/13 03:05:18 (edited)
    YES
    Cthulhu
    +1
    Well, medical device makers are in the unique position since they often rent these devices over multiple years and would likely end up bearing this multi year tax burden themselves up front in the first year.

    I think it is good that the problem was recognized and they are looking at a solution. Some people never back down from a position once they take it, no matter what evidence they are presented or arguments made.
  • Ballade... Cthulhu 2012/12/13 03:11:31
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    too little..too late
  • Cthulhu Ballade... 2012/12/13 03:19:26
    Cthulhu
    +2
    That defeatist attitude will get you nowhere.

    Now if the Republicans would only agree to tax millionaires and billionaires a little more, this country might be a better place.
  • Ballade... Cthulhu 2012/12/13 03:20:37
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    talk to France see how successful THAT confiscatory mindset is
  • Cthulhu Ballade... 2012/12/13 03:24:29
    Cthulhu
    +1
    I love France. One of my favorite places.
  • Ballade... Cthulhu 2012/12/13 03:41:34
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    they have room now go live there don't forget to pay...and pay...and pay...and pay
  • Patent1 Ballade... 2012/12/13 04:26:05 (edited)
    Patent1
    +2
    They also get free medical care and a paid-for retirement. No need to save for retirement or pay for any medical bills or medical insurance premiums. How much is that worth? $2000 - $3000/ mo? $24,000 - $36,000/yr?
  • Ballade... Patent1 2012/12/13 04:27:13
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    you claim your have a successful business....why not pull up statkes and go there?
  • Patent1 Ballade... 2012/12/13 19:47:08
    Patent1
    It's the conservatives who should leave. They are the ones not comfortable living in a free society. Somalia would be good for them. There is no government, and everybody gets to carry a gun.
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