Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax

posted at 2:41 pm on March 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As I mentioned yesterday, the medical device tax that went into effect last January is just one of the many insidious job-killing measures contained within ObamaCare, but it is an especially terrible one. The 2.3 percent excise tax is meant to raise a handsome $30 billion to pay for ObamaCare over the next decade, except that, added bonus: It’s going to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes.

And this hasn’t just been a Republican refrain, by the way. Thursday night, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the medical device tax, with more than 30 Democrats joining in:

The vote was largely symbolic, but the 79-20 tally signals strong opposition to the 2.3% tax on device sales that went into effect Jan. 1. Even though the levy is meant to help foot the bill for the signature legislative achievement of President Barack Obama‘s first term, 33 Democrats as well as independent Sen. Angus King of Maine joined Republican senators in voting to repeal the tax.

The vote came as an amendment to the Senate Democrats’ fiscal year 2014 budget, a partisan tax-and-spending blueprint that stands no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House. Still, the solid bipartisan support shows growing momentum for repealing the tax, which lawmakers have argued hurts U.S. competitiveness and costs highly paid jobs.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced the measure earlier Thursday with the support of nine Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

I do wonder that some of these Democrats couldn’t summon these same scruples with the health care overhaul when they were falling over themselves to pass the dang thing in 2010, though. Such a shame.

The vote may have been a symbolic one, but nevertheless, this has got to be kind of uncomfortable for the White House: Congress finally managed to find some bipartisan agreement on something, and it’s over just how stupid of a funding-mechanism idea this medical device tax was to begin with.


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What happens next? Obviously it’ll pass the House if it hasn’t already. So does it then go to Obama for signature? Why do I get the feeling he’ll be as happy to approve of this as he is the Keystone Pipeline?

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

“The vote was largely symbolic…”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Is anybody still trying to claim that this monster will be deficit neutral?

forest on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I do wonder that some of these Democrats couldn’t summon these same scruples with the health care overhaul when they were falling over themselves to pass the dang thing in 2010, though. Such a shame.

As hard as it is to imagine, I think most of the Dims who voted for it are stupid enough to have thought it would eventually work out well. We are not exactly sending our best and brightest to DC these days after all.

SoRight on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Reality sets in.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The Political Pigs In Perpetuity need a non-medical device shoved …

OhEssYouCowboys on March 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Good. Now let’s vote to repeal the Death Panels.

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Yup.

petefrt on March 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

This is basically a case of the Senate Dems doing a big favor for Al Franken.

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

ObamaTAX is the largest tax increase in the history of the country.

When full implementation starts in October, the sucking sound everyone will sit up and notice will be 4th quarter GDP being power flushed down into the sewers.

At that point, every Democrat up for election in 2014 will be voting for repeal of the whole damn thing.

PolAgnostic on March 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Heh, these dems just need a tick mark for 2014 and 2016…..
Obama won’t be signing any repeal of anything to do with Obamadon’tcare.

This – along with the dems zeal for gun control are going to make some great fodder
for TV spots against them.

Some one should start highlighting every month the drain on the economy that is Obamacare.

redguy on March 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Please God please knock some sense into the gov’ts collective head!!

Amen

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

This is basically a case of the Senate Dems doing a big favor for Al Franken.

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

While harming the entire party because A)they concede the law is full of clusterfarks like this and B)they just removed one of the funding mechanisms for an entitlement that’s already projected to be way deep in the red.

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

“The vote was largely symbolic…”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Ya, what’s the deal? That’s enough to override a veto, right??? Have we gotten to the point where any action that doesn’t send us in ever violent leftward lurches is DOA?

Fenris on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Please God please knock some sense into the gov’ts collective head!!

Amen

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The collective doesn’t believe in God. The collective is anathema to God, because God gets in the way of them.

The god of Marxism is … them.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

….

You realize that repeal of Obamacare is now a fantasy. From now on, all legislation will be to improve it, like this.

El_Terrible on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

This is basically a case of the Senate Dems doing a big favor for Al Franken.

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Al wants some talking points. Of course Obama won’t sign any repeal.
Al justs want to go the medical device companies in MN to say:
“Gosh darn it, I tried, I really did, and you like me.”

Meanwhile the medical device companies will get smaller, move offshore and or go out of business….

That will give the Republican opponent to Franken some red meat…..

redguy on March 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Please God please knock some sense into the gov’ts collective head!!

Amen

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

.
I expect God, like Chief Justice Roberts, wants people to pay for their mistakes.

The SCOAMF got elected … twice. Washington is the modern day version of Sodom and Gamorrah.

My take on the heavenly view of our situation?

Let.It.Burn!

PolAgnostic on March 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Submit repeal as a clean bill!

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

What happens next? Obviously it’ll pass the House if it hasn’t already. So does it then go to Obama for signature? Why do I get the feeling he’ll be as happy to approve of this as he is the Keystone Pipeline?

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

It was an amendment to the Dems’ otherwise horrible budget. That’s why is was a symbolic vote.

Hatch should introduce it as a stand-alone bill and see if it gains just as much Dem approval. Then it would pass the House and put a little pressure on Obama as to whether to veto it or not.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Ya, what’s the deal? That’s enough to override a veto, right??? Have we gotten to the point where any action that doesn’t send us in ever violent leftward lurches is DOA?

Fenris on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

O gosh darn it…..

heh, demos overriding an Obama veto??? Not while dear leader is “leading”……

redguy on March 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

GOOD THING MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANIES LIKE THE ONE I WORK FOR ALREADY LAID OFF THOUSANDS.

Fking basterds.(govt, not the company)

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Way to go democrats. You are the intellectual elite. You did good for working class families and kids with this one. ///

imbecilic ignoramuses.

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Reality sets in.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

A year too late.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

And the asset tax?

NotEasilyFooled on March 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

It was an amendment to the Dems’ otherwise horrible budget. That’s why is was a symbolic vote.

Hatch should introduce it as a stand-alone bill and see if it gains just as much Dem approval. Then it would pass the House and put a little pressure on Obama as to whether to veto it or not.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

An amendment to a budget that’ll never pass(if it’s even voted on)? Yeah, that’ll really matter to those companies, their employees, and their customers when the tax f’s up their lives.

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Piecemeal modifications was the plan. Trimming around the edges. Obamacare is going to cost a fortune and seriously impair the quality of medial care and rate medical innovation. Of course medical innovation means better and longer lives for us. We knew that WE are screwed by Obamacare. Big time. But lets make abortion our number 1 issue to distract people. Cuz that is what’s going to win us votes (/s).

One beneficiary of O-Care are illegals, or quasi-illegals, or soon to be legals, undocumented persons, whatever. So lets make em all legal even if it takes a half dozen years, and lets open the flood gates to Mexico for them to come for our free healthcare and easy citizenship and redistribution of $ to them from a future Wealth Tax. Go for it McCain and Graham. Anybody else on board with amnesty?

anotherJoe on March 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I guess they finally found something that was in it that they didn’t like. Too bad they didn’t read it 3 years ago.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Why not offer a 90% tax on health care lawsuit legal fees to make up the difference?

18-1 on March 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The Political Pigs In Perpetuity need a non-medical device shoved …

OhEssYouCowboys on March 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Does a strap-on qualify as one?

Archivarix on March 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

The entire Democratic Party is betting that as long as Mr. Bernanke keeps whipping out the credit card, the bar tab doesn’t matter.

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

And the asset tax?

NotEasilyFooled on March 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

They still love that. The leftists have been looking to get the feral government to horn in on the property tax racket for some time. Nothing makes them more excited than taxing wealth. Taxing income leaves lefties with an empty feeling. They have their eyes set on the motherload.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Gd them all

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Ya, what’s the deal? That’s enough to override a veto, right??? Have we gotten to the point where any action that doesn’t send us in ever violent leftward lurches is DOA?

Fenris on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

O gosh darn it…..

heh, demos overriding an Obama veto??? Not while dear leader is “leading”……

redguy on March 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

So make them vote on it. Half the Republicans are wussies and the other half are progressives in RINO clothing.

Fenris on March 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

yes yes yes…

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

PolAgnostic on March 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Ditto…

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

They continue to throw money around like it grows on fracking trees!

Warn me next time Schad ;-D…

Or MY synapses may explode!!

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Does a strap-on qualify as one?

Archivarix on March 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Only if it’s enormous, cast iron and red-hot.

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Scrump … I didn’t mean for that to be a lecture. I know that I wasn’t telling you anything, that you didn’t already know.

I was just venting the truth.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

My brain is suffering an overload…

Gotta go!

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on March 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

33 Democrats as well as independent Sen. Angus King of Maine joined Republican senators in voting to repeal the tax.

nonpartisan what say you about these 33 Democrats rooting against the country.

chemman on March 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

The entire Democratic Party is betting that as long as Mr. Bernanke keeps whipping out the credit card, the bar tab doesn’t matter.

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Only problem is that credit card is maxed out and we’re about to receive the bill.

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

What happens next? Obviously it’ll pass the House if it hasn’t already.

No, it probably won’t pass the House. As the writer said, it was a symbolic vote as an amendment to a bill that in it’s entirety will almost assuredly not pass the House because of the other tax/spending crap in it.

Midas on March 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

nonpartisan what say you about these 33 Democrats rooting against the country.

chemman on March 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Crickets

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

You realize that repeal of Obamacare is now a fantasy. From now on, all legislation will be to improve it, like this.

El_Terrible on March 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

You realize they are still writing the regulations…

Seven Percent Solution on March 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Gd them all

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Having been immersed in the teaching of liberalism, marxism, islam and black liberation theology, it would only make sense that the wealth of what has been a predominately white society and culture, should be redistributed to the downtrodden people of darker hues throughout the world, to make amends for the sins of our nations’ past exploitation and eradicate our superpower status in the world. We’ve been too powerful for too long.

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

No, it probably won’t pass the House. As the writer said, it was a symbolic vote as an amendment to a bill that in it’s entirety will almost assuredly not pass the House because of the other tax/spending crap in it.

Midas on March 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

We should note that it’s an un-Constitutional bill, at that (not that Constitutionality matters in the American Socialist Superstate). A Senate budget bill, which they’re not allowed to do. They have to take House budget bills and can only amend them and then vote on them. The Senate isn’t allowed to originate a budget bill and send it to the House.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

GOOD THING MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANIES LIKE THE ONE I WORK FOR ALREADY LAID OFF THOUSANDS.

Fking basterds.(govt, not the company)

Good, then that part of Obamacare worked perfectly.

/s

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Republicans, fixing the problems Democrats create since, forever.

I do not think we should be fixing their problems. The entirety of the bill must go or none of it. Stop f^cking making bad legislation livable for the electorate and particularly the Democrats.

astonerii on March 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Where’d partisan go?

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

We should note that it’s an un-Constitutional bill, at that (not that Constitutionality matters in the American Socialist Superstate). A Senate budget bill, which they’re not allowed to do. They have to take House budget bills and can only amend them and then vote on them. The Senate isn’t allowed to originate a budget bill and send it to the House.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

A budget resolution and a spending bill are two different things.

ButterflyDragon on March 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Over 30 Senate Democrats did not vote to repeal the medical device tax. They pretended to. This is a non-binding resolution, not a vote to repeal a tax.

Even the headline is an abomination. Or rather an Obamanation.

No Truce With Kings on March 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

The senate is a joke . . . a very bad joke but nevertheless, a joke.

rplat on March 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

It’s going to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes.

One could say the same thing about the morons that keep shrieking “big pharma”.

The stupidity of liberals/socialists is always something to behold.

kim roy on March 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Over 30 Senate Democrats did not vote to repeal the medical device tax. They pretended to. This is a non-binding resolution, not a vote to repeal a tax.

Even the headline is an abomination. Or rather an Obamanation.

No Truce With Kings on March 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Exactly! I can’t believe people think a budget resolution is law.

ButterflyDragon on March 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

A budget resolution and a spending bill are two different things.

ButterflyDragon on March 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

All bills raising revenue must originate in the House. From the description in the linked article:

The vote came as an amendment to the Senate Democrats’ fiscal year 2014 budget, a partisan TAX-and-spending blueprint that stands no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House.

This bill raises revenue and, therefore, cannot originate in the Senate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

What happens next? Obviously it’ll pass the House if it hasn’t already. So does it then go to Obama for signature? Why do I get the feeling he’ll be as happy to approve of this as he is the Keystone Pipeline?

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

at leas tin the senate ther eis enough votes to override his veto. So unless Obama wants to become a lame duck POTUS quickly he will not force a veto override vote at this stage.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

This is a non-binding resolution, not a vote to repeal a tax.

Even the headline is an abomination. Or rather an Obamanation.

No Truce With Kings on March 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

oh ok that explains things. Our leaders are so small and illequiped to handle our concerns.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Well there you go, another nail in the BarkyCare coffin; on to single payer.

Bishop on March 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The vote came as an amendment to the Senate Democrats’ fiscal year 2014 budget, a partisan TAX-and-spending blueprint that stands no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House.

This bill raises revenue and, therefore, cannot originate in the Senate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The budget, in and of itself, doesn’t raise taxes. Therefore, it doesn’t raise revenue.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Republican is just another word for stupid.

They should have said All of Nothing!

Either all of ObamaCare goes or it stays as you Democrats wrote it.

Why are they bailing out the Democrats. If there was ever a time to play politics, this was it.

huckleberryfriend on March 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Should have proofread before I hit submit.

They should have said All or Nothing!

huckleberryfriend on March 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The budget, in and of itself, doesn’t raise taxes. Therefore, it doesn’t raise revenue.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

You don’t have to “raise” taxes to “raise revenue”. Anything that addresses taxation is addressing “raising revenue”. There are two different meanings for “raise”, here. The Constitutional meaning is akin to “draw revenue”, not merely to increasing it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

There’s a 4% real estate transaction tax in there that will hit most homeowners where real estate has higher value…NY, NJ, CT, CA, VA etc. Lots of activity in the Hamptons to get deals done by end of 2012.

If Republicans were to tie this to Sandy devastation (NY, NJ already reeling from Sandy etc. can’t take much more!) they could get this repealed as well. All the dem senators in those states would have to vote against their own constituents. Schumer, Gillibrand, Menendez, Laut,…

monalisa on March 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

This bill raises revenue and, therefore, cannot originate in the Senate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Really? You don’t understand that a budget resolution is nothing more than a blueprint. It is not a BILL. There is no force of law in a budget resolution. It doesn’t tax or spend. It does nothing but create a guideline for the upcoming spending bills.

ButterflyDragon on March 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

And now the bad law begins to get worse. They have underestimated the cost of this program. They have overestimated the revenues it will generate and now that a tax is implemented it is taken out. This only makes a bad revenue situation worse. This is about to get even worse than we feared.

Hopeless Future on March 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Really? You don’t understand that a budget resolution is nothing more than a blueprint. It is not a BILL. There is no force of law in a budget resolution. It doesn’t tax or spend. It does nothing but create a guideline for the upcoming spending bills.

ButterflyDragon on March 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

It clearly violates the spirit of the Constitution, by my view. The Senate’s role in making recommendations on revenue issues is in amending House bills. That’s how I see it. This Senate has refused to take up any House budget bills and is spending its time making “revenue recommendations” that it has no Constitutional duty or power to do. I guess you could claim that the Senate is skirting a technicality but I wouldn’t accept that. What can I say? It’s very clear what the Senate is doing and that is trying to control the purse strings. Of course, the House is equally liable for this because they allowed the Senate to ignore all House budget bills.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Is anybody still trying to claim that this monster will be deficit neutral?

forest on March 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

They had to put these gimmicks in so that when they were discussing it originally, the Republicans couldn’t say “It is a TRILLION dollars!!!”. They could say, “nuh, uh, you nutters. It is only $878,000,000. Not a Trillion”.

They got the law they wanted. They don’t care now if we have to go into more debt to pay for it.

cptacek on March 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Since the government through Medicare and Medicaid is a major payer for health care and the medical device industry is going to pass the tax on in the form of higher prices, isn’t the government going to be paying a majority of the tax to itself anyway?

Sparky on March 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I’m sorry. I know many here will disagree with me. But this is special interests flexing muscle if I’ve ever seen it.

This is a 120 billion dollar section of the economy, “medical devices”, with inflated costs on all fronts of it. Price of use to the consumer. Cost of purchase for the medical facilities. Once it exits the manufacturing sector is moves into the health care sector the costs skyrocket for no other reason than to be on par with the perpetually rising rates of health care costs.

These companies are massive and with deep pockets for more than enough r&d without that extra 2.6%. They benefit from our health care system substantially and pass on so much cost onto hospitals and consumers. Not to mention that most high tech research is also subsidized by the government.

Now, I am NOT saying that just throwing around taxes is the answer. And in this case they’d only drive up costs further to the consumer to compensate.

But this wasn’t gonna hurt them. You get the medical industry’s lobbying force out though and you watch those “representatives” turn.

In fact, Obamacare would never EVER have passed if it hadn’t had support from large insurers and health care companies cause it will increase their profits.

Genuine on March 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

It was an amendment to the Dems’ otherwise horrible budget. That’s why is was a symbolic vote.

Hatch should introduce it as a stand-alone bill and see if it gains just as much Dem approval. Then it would pass the House and put a little pressure on Obama as to whether to veto it or not.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

This tax needs to be repealed. The medical device industry directly effects, improves, and maintains the lives of many Americans and innovation is needed.

Hopefully it is introduced as its own bill, I was in a very good mood today when I thought it might be repealed.

Daemonocracy on March 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

More baloney stuff that was put in to “balance” the ObamaCare costs, and may well have been known from the start would not be implemented.

krome on March 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Genuine on March 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I’m sure your “sincere” concern will be of great solace to 30+ of my coworkers fired a few months ago. and in addition, I’m sure the guys getting furloughed for the maximum legal time will take great peace in knowing that their company is just getting its just deserts.

you people make me sick.

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Obviously the entire goofy law needs to be repealed. Eliminating the most offensive sections of ObamaCare does not make the the law more palatable.

With that fact in mind though, here’s a good political and practical position: Whatever level of revenue is lost by repealing the medical device tax, or any other provision, must be made up by eliminating an equivalent level of cost by repealing some other part of the law. Otherwise, we’re just running up the deficit, and giving the Obamacrats cover for their despicable law. Make the Democrats choke on it.

stefano1 on March 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

No, it probably won’t pass the House. As the writer said, it was a symbolic vote as an amendment to a bill that in it’s entirety will almost assuredly not pass the House because of the other tax/spending crap in it.

Midas on March 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Why did Hatch introduce this in the first place? If it won’t go anywhere to begin with, even though GOP candidates could point out the hypocrisy, this seems to give defecting Dems the chance to say they saw the errors of their ways to their constituents while keep the clusterphuck in place.

If I were Hatch, I guess I’d let the House pass a simple repeal, send it over, and watch Senate Dems pass it and put it on Obamas plate or destroy it and look like job killers.

BuckeyeSam on March 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM

If this vote is “largely symbolic” on an amendment to a budget that won’t pass the House, why don’t these Senators bring it up as a stand-alone bill to repeal the medical-device tax and send it to the House, where it probably would pass?

Then let Obama fret about whether he wants to veto it!

Steve Z on March 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Obviously the entire goofy law needs to be repealed. Eliminating the most offensive sections of ObamaCare does not make the the law more palatable.

stefano1 on March 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

This. Republicans need to refuse to repeal sections. It’s all or nothing, baby. After all, it was a comprehensive reform.

Of course, the Republicans, being the stupid party, will probably allow a fix here and a fix there rather than make the Dems choke on the whole thing.

CJ on March 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Where’d partisan go?

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

…busy licking!

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

What happens next? Obviously it’ll pass the House if it hasn’t already.

No, it probably won’t pass the House. As the writer said, it was a symbolic vote as an amendment to a bill that in it’s entirety will almost assuredly not pass the House because of the other tax/spending crap in it.

Midas on March 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

What the House should do is take the bill, strip out all provisions except the medical device tax repeal, and pass it.

(After all, that worked for Obamacare in the first place.)

Then sit back and watch the Senate with a smile….

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Too bad they can’t get up the courage to dump the rest of ObamaCare.

GarandFan on March 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Herin lays [lies?] the danger. This USELESS action by the Democrats gives them the TALKING POINT that they have been trying to fix their approved DeathScare law which the Government Media WILL be reporting over and over again in time to sway STUPID American voters.

The GOP via Romney cost us the debate over 0bamacare which in turn KILLED ABO. Do not trust any of these political party creatures that march in lockstep with their party’s. Instead, get involved with your local TEA Party in order to stay relevant and informed.

I cannot believe the headline here, “Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax”. Someone thinks we are all pretty darn STUPID!

DannoJyd on March 23, 2013 at 5:05 AM

The entire government is desperately looking to tax anything in order to get a money flowing again and the only reason is to have more federal workers to employ and become more powerful than the present. Both parties are doing this while both are lying to us. There are 1300 federal agencies and this is easily checked by googling (list of federal agencies) It will be a cold day in hell when this listing is trimmed to the bone.

mixplix on March 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM