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Democrat Senators Suddenly Not Big Fans Of Obamacare

December 12, 2012

18 Democrats in the Senate are suddenly urging a delay in the implementation of Obamacare including, you guessed it, senate-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

The Daily Caller reports…

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 provision has proved to be problematic for Democratic senators from states with large numbers of medical device companies. Indiana Senator-elect Joe Donnelly and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow signed the letter alongside the next Massachusetts Senate delegation, Elizabeth Warren and John Kerry, whose state is home to more than 400 medical device companies.

I guess they finally found out what’s in it…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2012 10:38 pm

    You pointed out an obvious reason for their objection – vested interest based on the industries in their own district, who are probably campaign contributors – then tried to imply their objection is about “finally finding out what’s in it”? I’m not buying it. They have to save face in front of their own constituents by making a gesture, which will have no effect on whether or when the law phases into effect.

    • December 12, 2012 10:41 pm

      That’s it Mikey, keep making excuses.

      • December 12, 2012 10:48 pm

        I don’t need any excuses. I’m in favor of the law, far more than I am of Congress. It’s not single-payer, but it’s still so much better than tyranny by insurance cos. One step at a time. (I’m a health care provider.)

      • December 12, 2012 11:05 pm


        Insurance companies can’t force you to buy their product but the government can and is.

        You and your friends on the left love tyranny as long as it’s coming from a government controlled by Democrats.

        You’d be protesting in the streets if a Republican controlled government forced you to do anything.

  2. December 13, 2012 9:18 am

    Mikey, you’re an idiot. Right now, the biggest example of a monopsony (look it up) in government is the Pentagon. Are you really dumb enough to think that the health-care version you support will somehow, magically, be more efficient? Why? Show your work.

    BTW, before you bring it up, I am not an opponent of the military. However, I’m not blind enough to say that they are an efficient operation, only a necessary governmental function – unlike health care

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