The DC called this a revolt on its facebook posting of this article (link to full story at the bottom of this post) but I don’t agree. I believe Durbin and the rest here voted or supported a knowingly bad piece of legislation because they view it not as law, but as a living statute that will constantly be open to reinterpretation and revision. Changes for sure that will be driven by the interests and needs of “stakeholders”. The special interests that will trump the interests of patients and providers.
In this case the stakeholder is the Medical Device Industry objecting to the 2% tax ACA imposed on Medical Devices. A rightful protest in my opinion, but just one of many changes that will be asked of this evolving rather than settled piece of law. ACA invites bureaucracy and special interests into a huge Medical Government Industrial complex. Patients will be the least of stakeholders in this mess.
Eighteen Democratic U.S. Senators and senators-elect sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week calling for a “delay in the implementation” of the medical device tax in Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The provision was an integral part of the version of the Obamacare law, which was passed in the Senate under Reid’s stewardship in 2009. It is set to take effect on January 1, 2013.
An effort to repeal the provision failed in Congress in June. At the time, Reid characterized the proposed repeal as a Republican attack on Obamacare.
“The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of two million high-skilled manufacturing jobs. … With this year quickly drawing to a close, the medical device industry has received little guidance about how to comply with the tax — causing significant uncertainty and confusion for businesses,” according to the letter. “We urge you to support delaying enactment of this provision in a fiscally responsible manner.”