Liberal Dems ask for delay on Obamacare’s ‘job killing tax’

0_61_Franken_Al_030508“Be careful of what you ask for — you might get it.” U.S. Senate Democrats should have heeded this advice on Christmas Eve three years ago when they voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Obamacare.

Sixteen Democrats — of whom are the Senate’s most liberal members — may not be asking for a total “do over,” but are at least requesting that a tax-collecting provision of the act be delayed.

At issue is a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. This is scheduled to take effect in less than a month unless Congress takes corrective action.

The 16 senators making the request, including Al Franken, John Kerry, Richard Durbin and Charles Schumer, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, describing the provision as a “job-killing tax” that would impair competition.

“The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of two million skilled manufacturing jobs,” the senators wrote to Reid.  “We must do all we can to ensure that our country maintains its global leadership position in the medical technology industry and keeps good jobs here at home.”

Although they consider a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices “job killing,” they apparently see nothing “job killing” about an across-the-board 13 percent tax hike for the nation’s most successful small businesses if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire in January.

This is either a case of “be careful of what you ask for,” or “we have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.” Either way, the Senate should have a few red-faced Democratic members — but it probably doesn’t. Irony is no doubt above their intelligence scale.

Read more of this from Byron York at The Washington Examiner.


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