Upstate NY Democrat Representatives Dan Maffei and Bill Owens both voted for Obamacare. They both voted to fully fund Obamacare. But they want to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax, even though they voted for it in the first place.
Owens is the latest to make the news. He said any big marketing campaign needs to be “tweeked” and Obamacare is no different.
“That is simply the reality we live with,” Owens said in remarks calling for House leadership to allow a vote on proposed legislation repealing a federal excise tax on medical devices.
“This tax is one of those items in the health care bill that clearly needs amended,” he said, according to a video of the remarks which the congressman’s office released Tuesday.
“In my district, we have the opportunity to continue to support jobs that pay an average wage of $46,500, which in my area is an extraordinary high wage,” he said. (Read More)
Well, who knows, if his Democrat colleagues have their way, maybe those workers making $46,500 will lose their jobs and get the “good news” that they’re poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. It’s the new American dream.
Owens isn’t the only upstate New York politician demanding a repeal of the medical device tax he voted for. Dan Maffei has been at it for months.
U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, is supporting legislation that would repeal a tax medical device manufacturers say is harmful to their industry.
The tax, which was included in the 2010 health care law, would be applied to the “sale price of the taxable medical device,” according to an Internal Revenue Service fact sheet.
Medical device manufacturers like Skaneateles Falls-based Welch Allyn oppose the tax. When Welch Allyn announced in September that the company would initiate a global restructuring program and cut 10 percent of its workforce, company leaders cited the medical device tax as a main factor in the decision. (Read More)
The whole law needs to be repealed, but thanks to the likes of Dan Maffei and Bill Owens that’s not going to happen. So we’ll all just wait for the Democrats’ “good news” to come our way.
I’m not a big fan of the GOP these days, but NRCC spokesman Ian Prior summed it up pretty well, “Bill Owens is the quintessential Washington D.C. Democrat. He voted to put in place the devastating medical device tax, has repeatedly voted to keep it in place, and then tries to convince voters otherwise. Facts are stubborn things and so is Owens’s voting record – he has no one to blame for the medical device tax but himself.”
Dan Maffei is right there with him.