Video: ObamaCare device tax kills 1,000 jobs in Michigan

posted at 3:21 pm on September 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

With just 21 days left before the individual mandate takes effect, some believe that ObamaCare hasn’t officially started yet.  Tell that to the 1000+ people who lost jobs in Michigan this year, thanks to a medical-device tax that kicked in earlier — and put their former employer more than $100 million in the hole with the IRS.  But that’s okay, because Michigan can afford to lose more jobs, right?  Er … (via Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard):

“There are also new taxes affecting West Michigan industry, in particular, that took effect this year,” says a local reporter. “There’s a new 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers. According to some reports, Kalamazoo based Stryker has laid off more than a thousand people because of it–and owes the federal government upwards of $100 million dollars this year alone. Late last week a Stryker spokesperson told me that Obamacare will cost the company fully 20 percent of its total research and development investments.

“And although it’s no secret that drug makers like Pfizer stand to profit billions because of the increased numbers of insured Americans and the corresponding increased need for medications–they’re being hit with an excise tax as well – on brand name drugs–running in to the tens of billions of dollars.”

The original report at WWMT has more:

“There’s still a lot of people, I think, who are unaware of what all the changes are and what they mean for them,” Buhs said.

One common misconception is that the Affordable Care Act won’t take effect until next year, when in fact, many changes have already happened. Insurance companies can no longer drop you or place a lifetime cap on your coverage.

Actually, that cap has been delayed.  WWMT may want to catch up on the delays, which is admittedly a very difficult stream with which to keep pace.

They also can’t refuse you for pre-existing conditions, and young adults up to 26 may be covered by their parents policies. However, the law has also reduced by half the amount you can save every year in a flexible spending account to cover medical bills–down to $2,500 in 2013, and has increased the income threshold for claiming itemized tax deductions for medical expenses to 10 percent from 7.5.

There are also new taxes affecting West Michigan industry, which took effect this year. There’s a new 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers. According to some reports, Kalamazoo-based Stryker has laid off more than 1,000 people because of it, and owes the federal government upwards of $100 million this year alone.

The Washington Post has more good news.  The big, confusing, ambiguous, and contradictory mess known as ObamaCare has nothing but upside for one key constituency — scam artists:

A number of health insurance scams have emerged in recent months as crooks try to cash in on confusion over the health care reform law, and some officials say they are bracing for more in the months ahead.

Most of the schemes target uninsured individuals and employers, many of whom will soon be required to purchase a minimum level of health coverage or pay a tax penalty. In some cases, scammers have set up bogus Web sites intended to look like the law’s new health insurance exchanges, where individuals and small business owners will be allowed to shop for coverage starting on Oct. 1.

Sites using the domains washingtonhealthexchange.com and mdhealthexchange.com have already been reported and taken down.

“These exchanges are designed for both individual consumers and businesses, so by definition, these fake ones are trying to lure both consumers and business owners into a trap,” Jim Quiggle, a spokesman for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud in Washington, D.C., said in an interview.

So far, “scams specifically targeting businesses are in the minority,” Quiggle said, but he says he expects the incidence may pick up once the real health care exchanges open for enrollment next month — particularly because there is still so much confusion and misinformation surrounding the law.

At least some people are finding work.

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Keep voting Democratic, Michigan.

rbj on September 10, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on September 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Michigan didn’t need those 1000 jobs anyhow.

Just give em’ some of that Obamamoney and a couple phones…

patman77 on September 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

But think of all the bureaucracy and IRS jobs created!
These guys could be the first 1000 ObamaCare Navigators in Michigan helping the next wave of unemployed to navigate the byzantine bureaucracy making their healthcare more accessible and affordable.

gwelf on September 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The brother and sister act (Jon and Pat Stryker) who inherited the founders share of Stryker upon his death were big financial supporters of Obama and Obamacare, as well as gun control in Colorado and progressive politics allover the nation. Now, to save personal profit and dividends, they are responsible for 1,000 layoffs that their own business identifies as a direct consequence of Obamacare.

These are the sorts of people that have no business being rich. They aren’t responsible enough to understand what impact their own privileged Utopianism has on working families. They should be burned in effigy all over western Michigan, a place I’m sure they hate to visit but force themselves to go if they must for board meetings or to bless the peasants.

MTF on September 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

ObamaCare, designed to fail since Day One, and exceeding all expectations.

Maybe Nancy-poo should have READ the law before she PASSED it.

GarandFan on September 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

It won’t just kill the jobs it’ll help kill those needing the medical devices.

viking01 on September 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I can’t wait to hear what Thayrone X has to say about this.

platypus on September 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Don’t forget to credit Benedict Roberts betrayal of The People by calling a mandate a “tax.”

viking01 on September 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

BOMB OBAMACARE not SYRIA

Patriots! – get this information out to WE THE PEOPLE… may it burn through the nation like a RAGING FOREST FIRE —->>> GO GO GO!

–>>> Ted Cruz: GOP leadership working with Harry Reid to save Obamacare<<<–

http://www.mofopolitics.com/2013/09/10/ted-cruz-gop-leadership-working-with-harry-reid-to-save-obamacare/

Is there ANY DOUBT concerning whether this Leader, Sen Ted Cruz, is a member of WE THE PEOPLE, and not ‘we the ruling class’?

Is there ANY DOUBT to whom is his FIRST ALLEGIANCE???

Does he EXPOSE their intentions and CHICANERY, REPEATEDLY, BOLDLY and without blinking an eye???

DEO GRATIAS for this man!

THANK YOU TEXAS!

THANK YOU Madame Steel Spine!

#CruzMissile ———>>>>>> [GOP Establishment] KABOOM!!!

This man has NO FEAR … he is UNFETTERED by any ties to Cronies, by any GOPe ‘deals’

he can therefore speak his principled mind FREELY

on any issue
in any way
at any time

exodus2011 on September 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Little by little, day by day, we come to realise the abject horror that is the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare…

For pete’s sake people, Wake The F U!

Obama wants to bring America and her people to their knees…

He is so far succeeding, dick-head Obama…

DO NOT FUND THIS PIECE OF CRAP!!

Scrumpy on September 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Obamacare killed hundreds of thousands of jobs and made many more from full time to part time… It is going to kill more jobs in the future… The real horror is when it starts killing people…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

#CruzMissile ———>>>>>> [GOP Establishment] KABOOM!!!

This man has NO FEAR … he is UNFETTERED by any ties to Cronies, by any GOPe ‘deals’
he can therefore speak his principled mind FREELY

on any issue
in any way
at any time

exodus2011 on September 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Thank YOU for posting!!

Scrumpy on September 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Late last week a Stryker spokesperson told me that Obamacare will cost the company fully 20 percent of its total research and development investments.

But see guys, you make the correct political contributions and otherwise keep your nose out of politics, and you can get that back and more from the federal government in research grants.

This is the way fascism works today.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Why no mention of the Cantor letter here?

Mr. Arrogant on September 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I hear even the Mafia is embarrassed by such an Obamacare protection racket.

viking01 on September 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

exodus2011 on September 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hasn’t the fact the GOP has been working to make BOcare a success been known for awhile now? I pretty much figured it from their comments since it passed. BOcare is here to stay and that is just the reality of it.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Obamacare killed hundreds of thousands of jobs and made many more from full time to part time… It is going to kill more jobs in the future… The real horror is when it starts killing people…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

All part of the plan.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I hate spammers.

MTF on September 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

According to some reports, Kalamazoo based Stryker has laid off more than a thousand people because of it–and owes the federal government upwards of $100 million dollars this year alone.

It’s worth pointing out that the founder of that company – John Stryker – *personally* helped lobby *for* Obamacare, if I remember correctly.

I hope his 1,000-ish ex-employees remember that; maybe they’ll stop by to personally say ‘thanks’ some time.

Midas on September 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Video: ObamaCare device tax kills 1,000 jobs in Michigan

Jobs are overrated…man.

We all just need to chill, enjoy some beer, some weed, get some more tattoos and have some funcation.

God Bless Barack Hussein Fuggin Obama.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Is there anyone keeping track and consolidating this type of information on this MCF. If so, please supply a website link. Like to blast it out to about 1000 L.I.V’rs.

Whiterock on September 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Again I must point out to the libtards that this is what you deserve for voting for this schmuck twice. Great results, Detroit gone and now this. Hey on the bright side when the moose limbs take over y’all will be on the forefront of burqua fashion having Deerbornistan right there in your state.

neyney on September 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

AWESOME! … oh, wait a minute …

Pork-Chop on September 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

http://therightscoop.com/new-sarahpac-video-sarah-palin-enough-of-foreign-fiasco-distraction-its-time-to-bomb-obamacare/

Sarah Palin has released a new video on Obamacare called ‘Just Sayin’‘, pointing out that it really is a death panel. Palin says enough with ‘foreign fiasco distraction’, it’s time to ‘get back to work’ and ‘bomb Obamacare.’

Watch:

unseen on September 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Who cares about jobs when we have Hopenchange!?

I hate to say this but there are times when I think that we, as a country, are simply too stupid to govern ourselves.

Kingfisher on September 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I hope that before I die, I get a chance to punch the pony-tail guy in the lab coat right in the face.

Thomas More on September 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

ObamaCare device tax kills 1,000 jobs in Michigan

Unexpectedly, right?

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Yes, your vote has consequences. Obama places jobs at a very low point on his totem pole (can I say that?).

CW on September 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Obozo doesn’t care what the jobs numbers are, as long as he gets to raise taxes, and gets the appropriate photo-op in front of his adoring fans (the schmucks).

Another Drew on September 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

hate to say this but there are times when I think that we, as a country, are simply too stupid to govern ourselves.
Kingfisher on September 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM

For that, you can Thank A Teacher!

Another Drew on September 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

…tell our Governor!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

One of the stupid ironies or ironic stupidity of the device tax is many people on medicaid and medicare rely on these devices and so the government is increasing the costs of covering these people.
Did some Einstein in congress really think it was financially expedient to charge a 2% tax on devices that government would then have to pay itself (with the help of Joe Citizen of course)?

hopeful on September 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Not one fking democrat commenting here to defend this?

Murphy9 on September 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM

One of the stupid ironies or ironic stupidity of the device tax is many people on medicaid and medicare rely on these devices and so the government is increasing the costs of covering these people.
Did some Einstein in congress really think it was financially expedient to charge a 2% tax on devices that government would then have to pay itself (with the help of Joe Citizen of course)?

hopeful on September 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I thought about trying to read the whole 2000 pages, but, once I heard about the medical device tax, I realized that would be pointless because the Dems had already revealed the “tell”.

If they could do something that idiotic right out in the open, what kind of insanity lurked within the maze?

AesopFan on September 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM