Senator Max Baucus has become the Democrat’s Champion on “bipartisan” health reform. It isn’t truly bipartisan, but the Democrats are trying to position it that way, as anyone who isn’t for Pelosi’s public option plan would surely support Mr. Baucus. Hah! Baucus’ plan is just another ring act in the healthcare reform circus.
If Senator Baucus gets his way, Class II – VI medical items over $100 will start getting taxed. (His original proposal to tax all medical items got thrown out, after it became known as the TAMPON TAX!)
Smile Tax: Denture & Braces – whether you are young or old, you’ll have to pay more for a nice smile.
Milk Tax: Breast Pumps – so much for saving money on formula.
Wheel Chair Tax: Why see the world when you can stay home and watch it on TV?
Lab Tax: getting lab tests will be more expensive with longer waits for results when they start taxing lab equipment & kits.
Oxygen Tax: Yep, they’re gonna tax you to breathe, that is if you want to have a portable O2 machine.
Cancer Tax: Treatment devices for many cancer diagnosis and therapies fall under this tax. (Maybe we can rename it the BOOB TAX: The tax for mammograms and the Boobs who passed the tax!)
Stent Tax: Learn to live with clogged arteries.
Deaf Tax: If you want to hear, you’ll have to pay taxes on those hearing aids and implants.
Implant/Prosthesis Tax: And speaking of implants, new body parts of any kind are gonna cost you. (This, too, could fall under the BOOB tax, as this affects perky parts of any cup size.)
Vision Tax: Contact lenses are on the list.
Heart Tax: This will include pacemaker systems, wires and even batteries!
How You Doin’ Tax: Monitors of all kinds will be taxed.
Heart Attack Tax: Don’t plan on surviving a heart attack unless you’ve got your tax money in hand. Emergency Defibrillators and oxygen generators will be taxed as well.
It’s easy to see that the Baucus plan is to tax us on all single-use medical supplies/equipment, like pacemaker batteries and knee replacements. But even on the big ticket items, like hospital equipment that is used over again (endoscopes, IV infusions pumps, anesthetic machines, etc…), medical providers will pass those taxes on to the consumer, and result in even higher costs for care.
Those Democrats who are leading the charge for healthcare reform keep talking about how they want to make healthcare more affordable for everyone. It just doesn’t make sense that we’ll save money by paying more taxes. Only a BOOB would think that would work!
Until next time…