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Obamacare: Veterinarian bills may rise as a result of healthcare reform

December 7, 2012

  When Obamacare was passed there was a provision in the bill which called for a medical device tax to help fund the legislation which was set to begin–conveniently–after the 2012 election, but the problem was that there was no definition released on what Obamacare considered a medical device and that is because there were no guidelines. The guidelines were to be written by the IRS at a later date–which also just happened to be after the election.

  Last Friday the IRS finally released the long awaited medical device rules and we now are beginning to see a list of what medical devices will be taxed. Included in that list is rubber gloves and catheters. But that isn’t all:

A Fairfax County, Va. veterinarian who did not wish to be named told The Daily Caller that the category could also include “syringes, tubes, blood centrifuges, sterilizing autoclaves, microscopes — and even things like surgical lights, exam tables and x-ray machines.”

  You may have noticed that the quote above was given by a veterinarian, but what does Obamacare have to do with veterinarians? Why is a veterinarian chiming in about Obamacare?

  Under the new rules set forth by the IRS (and having the IRS in charge of this is scary enough) medical devices which are used only by veterinarians are exempt from the Obamacare medical device tax, however there are many medical devices which serve a dual purpose and they are subject to the tax. This means that veterinarians are subjected to the medical device tax in many cases and of course that means that pet owners can expect their veterinarian bills to rise as a result of this dreadful law. And I thought Obamacare was supposed to lower the costs of healthcare…..

  Elections have consequences and now we are going to have to live with those consequences. This is only the beginning, so much for only raising taxes on the rich…..

18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2012 9:04 pm

    Well, Nancy Pelosi did say we had to pass the bill to know what was in it. I wonder how many surprises she has had. ObamaCare should have been called the Raising Health Care Cost Act.


    • Anonymous permalink
      December 9, 2012 4:03 am

      Except of course for the money it has already saved, and will save in the future… Imagine fire boy. Imagine both parties working together to get the best health care for the most people for the best price. That Scarlet may dear wouldn’t be Waterloo like!

      “On The Daily Show, Chris Christie claimed there was a difference between disaster relief and setting up the health insurance exchange. Jon Stewart replied, ‘If you have cancer and don’t have health insurance, that’s Hurricane Sandy.’”

      Some people think health insurance should only be for the lucky, and some believe it should be for everybody, regardless of how rich or lucky your parents were.

      Now if we could just figure out why we spend almost twice as much as other developed countries per citizen on health care, and 50,000 a year still die because they can’t afford to see a doctor. Beaver: “Gee Wally, maybe it is because our whole system is designed to make stockholders more wealthy instead of people more healthy.”


      • December 9, 2012 12:10 pm

        “Imagine Fire Boy”??? Not sure I would have said that to Jim.
        Anonymous, might you have a “name”, yourself? You are, however, a plethora of information, not always correct, but you are still FULL of it!!!!


      • Anonymous permalink
        December 9, 2012 2:02 pm

        lou222, I am always correct. I have to be. Anytime you need a link to anything I post, just use the google, or ask. I am neither conservative or liberal. I am a realist, and I want a better life, and security for ALL Americans. The actual number from the Harvard study was 45,000 Americans die every year because they can’t afford proper care.

        If the “it” you describe me as being full it, you must mean facts. I am also lucky and have health insurance.

        I heard a caller from Canada call into a radio show. He asked if the host knew why Canadians were so much happier than Americans. He said it was because when thy got sick, they didn’t lose their houses.


      • December 9, 2012 2:52 pm

        Excellent points, anonymous.


      • December 9, 2012 7:33 pm

        Examples of money saved please.


  2. December 9, 2012 9:31 am

    Wally and Beaver hmm…I believe they were two characters from that 60’s gay sitcom ” Leave it it’s beaver.”


  3. December 9, 2012 12:38 pm

    Hey lou, don’t pick on a no name-I mean anonymous , he/she is probably afraid of the light as are most loonie liberals.


    • December 9, 2012 1:06 pm

      I will try to abstain from doing that, Peter! It WILL be hard, however, so I “might” slip up.


    • Anonymous permalink
      December 9, 2012 2:04 pm

      Peter, the only thing I am afraid of is the political power of people that think the world is only 6,000 years old, and want to have the government control every vagina in the country.


      • December 9, 2012 7:10 pm

        I’m still working on penis envy.


      • December 9, 2012 7:34 pm

        The war on women was a totally false narrative pushed by the Democrats and promoted by the propaganda machine otherwise known as the MSM.


      • Anonymous permalink
        December 9, 2012 9:19 pm

        Steve: “The war on women was a totally false narrative” Really. Let’s say your daughter gets raped, and the doctor tells her that she has a medical problem and trying to carry a baby will probably kill her. And she lives in Kansas. And both you and her are broke. R.I.P. Republican Governors cutting planned parenthood, the ony way for many women to get affordable mammograms. The list of actual attacks on women’s health by Republicans is so long, I couldn’t list them here in a thousand years of typing.

        You are definitely right about the MSM being corporate America’s propaganda machine though. 100% right.

        Isn’t it great that my company pays more in income tax than Exxon, or GE does. I don’t hear the MSM complaining about that.


  4. December 9, 2012 3:05 pm

    Steve, I don’t think you’re thinking this through. Yes, vets who use “human” medical supplies in their practices will be liable for the Obamacare tax on those devices, but have you considered the implication of letting them waive out of the tax by presenting ID, for instance, at the point of purchase?

    Actually, if you’re really concerned about rising costs, you should consider what’s going to happen in those “taker states” if there are dramatic reductions in federal spending. (You know, the states like West Virginia, that receive far more from the federal government than they send in the form of taxes.) A lot of those payments will be reduced and the states involved will either have to raise their own taxes or reduce or eliminate the services. I’m betting that when that happens, many of the conservatives in those states will manage to find a way to blame President Obama and the Democrats for reducing federal spending.

    As to Peterme’s insulting characterization of liberals as “loonie,” I want to point out that the overwhelming majority of those who’ve expressed a “liberal” point of view on this blog have managed to do so without gratuitously insulting the other participants.

    Take good care, and may God bless us all!



    • December 9, 2012 7:39 pm

      I actually have thought about that TGY and that is why it has to be all or nothing with this tax. I would prefer ‘nothing’ but of course Obama prefers ‘all.’
      It is interesting you are worried about “taker states” who get more money than they pay in yet are not worried about people who pay little to no taxes and yet receive more benefits than the people who pay more taxes, or more benefits than they pay for.


  5. December 9, 2012 8:08 pm

    Liberal loonies is a term if affection so lighten up. I mean we on the right don’t cry because we are called radicals for believing in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As a matter of fact we welcome the distinction as it prevents are being mis characterized as left wing loonies.
    P.S. in spite if agreeing with with only about 1% of the time I for one appreciate your dissertations. Stay cool.,,,



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