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ATF Criticizes Democrats For Taxing Veterans' Medical Devices

July 9, 2010 by  

ATF criticizes Democrats for taxing veterans' medical devicesIn conjunction with the recently celebrated Independence Day the nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform (ATF) blasted the Obama administration for promoting policies that impose higher taxes on America’s 22 million veterans.

As they were preparing for the long July 4 weekend, Americans were reminded that the healthcare reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in late March contains a new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs, pacemakers and wheelchairs.

In fact, Democrats in the Senate rejected an amendment to the bill proposed by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that would have prevented veterans covered by the Veterans Healthcare Program or TRICARE for Life from having to pay this tax.

"Senate Democrats had the opportunity to exempt our veterans from Obamacare’s new tax [but] chose to side with the tax-and-spend crowd in Washington over our wounded warriors," said Grover Norquist, president of ATF.

"This is one of the many reasons Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Democrats did not want Americans to read the 2,500 page healthcare bill before it was passed," he added.

The ATF noted that in addition to 54 Democrats, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also voted in support of the measure. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19878857-ADNFCR

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  • Ted Crawford

    Clearly then these veterans must make more than $250,000. It’s equally clear that they haven’t given enough yet! After all, what are a few missing body parts compared to the Great Progressive Cause?
    I’m a disabled veteran of Vietnam. I learned back then that the progressives within the democratic party have no concern for our military, except to use them to further their causes! It boggels my mind to see, appearent veterans on these sites side with the progressives. The only assumption I can make is that they are what we called R.E.M.F.’s. They haven’t been within shooting distance of a battlefield!!

    • s c

      Ted, most of the REMs of the Vietnam years (and earlier) invaded Washington. Their mutated spawn are addicted to that locale. And yes, many of those New Age REMs are elected.
      And yes, they’re also in the White House. Some people still don’t what an REM is, so I’ll be polite and call them Rear Echelon Mommyjammers. The real description is more to-the-point, but we don’t want to offend anyone, do we?
      Constitution, YES. Treason, NEVER!

  • Mutantone

    I hope they do send me a tax bill for a medical device it is a violation of the contract that I signed that promised care if wounded in the line of service to my country I will take it to the Supreme Court as a violation of that contract .
    “The truth is more important than the facts.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” — Ronald Reagan
    “All is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven” (Talmud, Berachot 33b).
    http://www.pjtv.com/v/3353

  • joseph a goetz

    What type of tax is this? A sales tax (federal?).. I am generally under the impression that most of these devices for veterans is covered by some sort of government insurance program. Is the Fed dumb and greedy enough to charge itself a tax? A tax that all of us other Americans have to pay sounds like a self perpetuating permanent income for the Fed. And, like the “cost of living allowance” given to union members, is very inflationary. It does not make sense to tax these devices in any type of rationale you can “deem” to be logical.

  • s c

    The premier sign of an incompetent, corrupt government is an obsessive ‘need’ for continually higher taxes, and this government ‘of the slime, by the slime and for the slime’ is beyond corrupt. To tax vets for having [and needing] medical devices is all the proof I need to know that this administration is on drugs and belongs behind bars.
    The best Hollywood writer who ever lived couldn’t come close to scripting the INSANITY that so perfectly defines this half-arsed, power-mad, CRIMINAL administration. This group of organized criminals is a living, breathing CURSE.

    • eddie47d

      I thought this article sounded a little fishy so why don’t you skim down to VMCOX’s statement and get some real skinny. I haven’t seen one comment from you where you haven’t flown off the handle. Facts be damned! You’re so full of twisted hatred your head is going to explode.

  • Nukem

    We do have a corrupt government. We must get these thoughtless, S.O.B’s out of Office… Anyone that takes your hard earned monies away from you to give to some Lazy-BUM that lives for hand outs, need to have their heads examined. (With a BAT).

  • mavis

    WE HAVE HERE IN FLORIDA OUR GOVERNOR THAT CHANGED HIS SPOTS, HE WAS A REPUBLICAN BUT FOUND HE COULD NOT GET
    THE NOMINATION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SO HE CHANGED TO INDEPENDENT. NOT TOO LONG AGO ON NATIONAL NEWS, FOX NEWS SUNDAY HE WAS ASKED IF HE WOULD CHANGE HIS PARTY
    AFFILIATION AND HE SAID HE WOULD NEVER CONSIDER IT. NOW I ASK YOU WHY WOULD ANYONE TRUST CHARLIE CRIST AGAIN WHEN HE TOLD A LIE ON NATIONAL NEWS. CHARLIE CRIST IS JUST ONE OF THE CORRUPT PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNING FOR OFFICE.
    FLORIDA WE CAN DO BETTER!!!!!!!! HIS NAME IS MARKO RUBIO A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WHO BELIEVES IN THE CONSTITUTION AND WILL UPHOLD THE SAME. THE REASON CHARLIE CRIST WAS LOSING IS HIS TIES WITH OBAMA & HIS CHANGING HIS MIND ON ABORTION, SAME SEX MARRIAGE & IMMIGRATION.
    YOU MIGHT SAY HE TURNED HIMSELF INSIDE OUT HOPING TO BE
    THE NEXT SENATOR FROM FLORIDA.MEHPENSACOLA,FL

    • Claire

      I thought I heard that Rubio got into campaign money for his family?

  • Bill Clark

    Just remember, the President who signed this piece of CRAP is the same
    one who said military personel should pay for their “gov’t provided”(heretofore) medical (and life?) insurance since “……they
    volunteered for the military, they weren’t forced to join…..”, or something to that effect! I AM a military veteran…..no, not a combat
    veteran, but a veteran of the U.S. army during the Korea era…..and I
    object to this tax on these vets who, by the way, are, to a great extent, responsible for the opportunity this man had to become President! My objection will be obvious in November, 2010!

    • VMCox

      Check the facts, old timer. There is no tax on veterans healthcare of any kind and by the way, it is the best healthcare in the country.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        VMCox,
        Tell that to the quadraplegic vet that was in brecksville VA hospital near Cleveland Ohio that would have almost starved had not another patient fed him and told the news. The nurses would bring his food in on a tray and tell him to eat and walk out. Another patient that knew him came in and fed him, only to get cussed out by the staff. He then went to his room and called a TV station and reported it. They mounted a camera in his room and sure enough, thats exactly what they were doing. The vets record sheet was hanging on the end of the bed, all they had to do was look at it.
        Or tell that to my best friend Henry E. McCollough of Wisconsin. He died of congestive heart failure because when they took him to the vets hospital they just gave him antibiotics and sent him home. his lungs just filled up and he drowned on his own bodily fluids!! I will never forgive VA for that one. They wouldn’t even help him on a ramp for his wheelchair when he became wheelchair bound!

      • Margaret

        Best healthcare in the country?? It paralyzed and then provided a slow agonizing death to my stepfather, and then killed my father from a colonoscopy! I am currently a vet receiving care from the VA, but I try to keep it to meds only. Best helathcare indeed! HA!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Margaret,
          God Bless and thanks for your service. I’m a RVN vet and I know the things you and your father have to go through. Welcome home!

      • http://www.jerseysal.com Jersey sal

        Any finite resource that has a demand is, by definition, rationed. One of my buddies from ‘Nam is a Native American. His reservation gets its healthcare through the Bureau Of Indian Affairs. The standing joke is, “Don’t break an arm after July. That’s when the money runs out!” I had a stroke in February and had to call my Republican Senator to get fee-basis rehab. (I called the Dem but she did squat.) I don’t expect them to spend millions to keep my breathing if I am in bad shape but I do expect a reasonable amount of good medical practice in a reasonable time frame when something does happen. The decisions should be made on medical grounds, not financial. I am 100% disabled, twice, from Viet Nam.

  • Maynard Altizer

    Short and sweet from a Vet:

    This is the dishonorables dishonoring the HONORABLES.

  • VMCox

    The tax on medical devices is on the manufacturer, not the patient. If someone would check facts, they would find that all veterans receiving care through the VAHealthcare system or TriCare receive
    the necessary medical devices at NO COST. These types of lies and
    mis-statements do not serve the public discourse, or our veteran and active force members. Our veterans deserve better than empty rhetoric from folks who refuse to check the facts.

    • Margaret

      Not all vets get their care for free! What about Priority 8 groupees?

      • namvet382

        I was priorty 8 and got my care for free. You must make too much money for free care. Co pay is based on income. I’m now rated 100% total and perminat. I do recieve the best care from the VA,doctors on the outside are just after the money.

  • slim gym

    what next from the regime in washington. charge soldiers for bandages, and medical equipment while being wounded on the battle field. may be someday these washington thugs will have to put boots on the ground nand fight for their freedoms…

  • Raggs

    Can you spell “smoke screen”?

    The ATF against taxation…. oh please who or what funds thier wages and thier wealth insurance?

  • http://gmail i41

    I’m not a vet, but 4 of my children are, as july first I must pay $25 more on my medicare insulin pump supplies, so I don’t doubt the costs will climd as the pus brained democrap passed the health care bill, wanted by the muslim marxist Prez. We see Omoron appointed two mental morons, men and military hating sows to sit on the SC by rinos and the socialist democrats. Still think our military will not get hosed in a few years. Dems think the military is just for meals on wheels for third world smucks, and making the muslim morons feel good about themselves. The best thing, and away to make muslims feel loved, is to put a third eye on their foreheads, we stay safe and the ideaological morons stay planted in sand, with the worms. Still don’t see how the government can reach out to the muslim sand crabs, without crossing the line of seperation of religion and government. Oh I forgot Our AG Kenyan crossbred, and our muslim Kenyan crossbred wanna be Prez, do what what every they want to, since the puke brained, spineless socialist democrats are their lap pooches!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      i41,
      I finally find a post from you I can half-way agree with!!!

  • http://gmail i41

    Thank you JoeH, most of the time I agree with parts of your posts. I see Omoron and his idoit goons are now doing silent raids, check records of illegals but don’t deport, second now the AFL-ICO union bosses are pushing for cutting off funding to AZ law enforcement, as well as no cooperation with Az police. Since when did the muslim vacate his office, OH, he is a marxist phony Prez anyway. If you want to stop drugs, dispose of drugs and transporters. I sure drugs didn’t didn’t crawl on the transporter’s back. Outlaws were hung when caught with stolen livestock. No repeat offenders and was a cheap legal bill! Also I don’t care what race, is caught carring drugs, dispose of them and the drugs. May get several lawyers and Congress persons as well.

  • bargal

    I think we ought to drop Obama and Holder behind enemy lines and give them the chance to see first hand what the American fighting men/women go through for the country they (Obama and Holder) are trying to destroy. If they do survive, then when they return to their plush office’s they will have a different perspective on the U.S. Armed Forces and start respecting those that have kept and continue to keep this nation the Best Country In the World

  • http://personallibertiesdesk Woodland Man

    I’m also a 1967-69,. I pay $20 a office call and $9 a prescription. Someone said, you must make too much money. I don’t remeber the government asking me (when I was drafted), how much money do you make or how much money will you make when you get older, when they promised to take cre of the Vet’s. The only reason I go to the vetreans is, I became disable, lost job of 30 yrs. and had 0 medical care. They saved me. People should know, that if you become disabled and your not 63yrs. old, you can’t get medicare until you wait 2 years. Stupid. When you need it you can’t get it. After 2 years without medical, then you must take it. Smart.

  • http://www.comcast.net Anne Gelinas

    It makes me feel good to know that all of us agree we MUST take care of our military men and women forever. Who cares what the cost when they took the bullets and left their families for years. Who cares the cost when babies are aborted by the millions everyday and now they want us to pay for that! Who cares that we pay taxes while half the country does not and the poor just take our money and laugh at us. Who cares except to be safe is most important. Who cares except we MUST NOT let our military down. Who cares except we keep fighting for them as they fought for us. Who cares? I do. And Thank God all of you do too.

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