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Senators Voted for ObamaCare – Now Protect Medical Devices Makers from a Tax Increase

Democracy and Power 112: Fidelity to Leadership

To be elected, a politician must please his constituents. However, to be a powerful legislative force, a politician must be an obedient member of a party – Democrat or Republican. Since most constituents are busy making a living, raising families and focused on immediate community concerns, loyalty to the party most often prevails.

Senators Voted for ObamaCare – Now Protect Medical Devices  Makers from a Tax Increase

Sixteen Democrat Senators have signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asking him to delay the implementation of an ObamaCare tax on medical devises.  All 16 Senators obediently voted in favor of ObamaCare.  On January 1, a 2.3% tax increase will be implemented on medical devises.  Of course, the medical devise industry is strongly opposed to the tax.  So, these sixteen Senators plus two Democrat Senator-Elects are seeking to protect their corporate constituents, which is exactly how politics works in DC. 

First, these Senators followed the dictates of the leadership – Pelosi, Reid, and Obana - so they could be part of the majority.  Now, they feel the heat of their constituents and they need a favor in return.  This is what H.L. Mencken called political prostitution.  

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker. 

Of course, these eighteen Senators still favor other taxes to be raised on New Years Day:

  • A limit on the tax deductibility of medical expenses for people who pay some of their medical costs out of pocket.
  • A limit on tax-sheltered health flexible spending accounts. 
  • An increase on the Medicare payroll tax for single-earners making more than $200,000 and married couples making more than $250,000.

At least not until the above impacted groups hire lobbyists and apply pressure.  As the late Senator Everett Dirksen famously said, “When I feel the heat, I see the light.”

This is the sad reality of politicians in America.


Both parties have pushed for an ever more powerful federal government for as long as I've been alive.

Power corrupts.

Is there anything even remotely surprising about this story?

Isadore Kiddnya

OMG! A Medicare Payroll tax increase on the poor couples making over $250K/y...
How will they get by?r

Desiree Fraenza

No surprise at all!!! Vote for what is popular now and back pedal when are hands get smacked.