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U.S. Veterans get screwed .. Again

Postby Decker » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:25 pm

Wounded Warriors Face New Tax This Independence Day

From John Kartch and Ryan Ellis on Friday, July 2, 2010 12:51 PM


As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day with parades and barbecues, America’s veterans face a new tax on prosthetic limbs and other vital medical devices.

The health care overhaul passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year contains a new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, and wheelchairs. This tax, which its proponents claim will raise $20 billion over the next ten years, contains no exemption for the nation’s 22 million veterans. In fact, Senate Democrats specifically refused to exempt veterans from the tax.

On March 24 2010, Senate Democrats rejected an amendment offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the healthcare bill. This amendment (SA 3644) would have prevented the medical device tax from hitting veterans covered by the Veterans Healthcare Program or TRICARE for Life. This amendment was rejected by a vote of 44-54. All but five Democrat senators voted in favor of retaining the tax for veterans.

The medical device tax was one of over twenty new or higher taxes in President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. This permanent new tax is being collected now.

“On March 24, Senate Democrats had the opportunity to exempt our veterans from Obamacare’s new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs. But 54 Democrats voted against the measure. They chose to side with the tax-and-spend crowd in Washington over our wounded warriors,”said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is one of the many reasons Harry Reid and the Democrats did not want Americans to read the 2,500 page health care bill before it was passed.”

In addition to those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports the following number of veterans from America’s wars:

World War II: 2,079,000

Korean War: 2,507,000

Vietnam War: 7,569,000

Desert Shield/Storm: 2,254,000

The following senators voted for the tax:

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Bob Casey (D-PA)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Edward Kaufman (D-DE)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Pat Leahy (D-VT)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Joe Lieberman (ID-CT)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Arlen Specter (D-PA)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Read more: http://www.atr.org/wounded-warriors-fac ... nce-a5175##ixzz0spTDjake
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Re: U.S. Veterans get screwed .. Again

Postby You Can Call Me Ray » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:49 pm

This sickens me.

Dems were all too ready to give preferential treatment on health care to a whole state of people (Nebraska), at the expense of the other states. But now, when he has the ability to provide for an exemption to a new health care tax that clearly makes sense, for the people who have lost limbs in service of their country! But no...

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Re: U.S. Veterans get screwed .. Again

Postby pack3tg0st » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:29 am

I dunno... sounds like sensationalism IMHO...

Kinda like they took a general tax that applies to all... and report on it specifically applying to a group (such as veterans).

Wounded veterans will never pay for their own medical bills... Tricare will pay the tax.

Not the veteran.
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Re: U.S. Veterans get screwed .. Again

Postby Decker » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:44 pm

pack3tg0st wrote:I dunno... sounds like sensationalism IMHO...

Kinda like they took a general tax that applies to all... and report on it specifically applying to a group (such as veterans).

Wounded veterans will never pay for their own medical bills... Tricare will pay the tax.

Not the veteran.


Hey Bud, who do ya think pays for Tricare? This is Bull-Sh*t ... cut and dried ... period.

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Re: U.S. Veterans get screwed .. Again

Postby ryguy » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:23 pm

Pack is an anarchist who doesn't think the Stolen Valor that RT pulled should have been reported to the FBI. Apparently he and his cohorts over at their forum called Amkon don't feel the FBI should have been involved. Apparently, reporting a con-artist to the government will dissuade all future legitimate whistleblowers from "coming out."

This is the sort of fuzzy logic we have to deal with...lol.

Not very patriotic is it?

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Re: U.S. Veterans get screwed .. Again

Postby MikeJamieson » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:27 pm

Here's a transcript, provided by Real Clear Politics, of the President outlining the expanded health care services to Vets in recent legislation:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/05/05/obama_signs_veterans_health_care_bill_105455.html

Hopefully this will help in providing a more complete picture of things.

Due to recent events, I don't "do" politics anymore, btw......I don't buy into all this polarizing stuff going on now.
(And, what I've seen up close and personal over the last four years suggests to me that ANY type of involvement in the world of politics is extremely unhealthy.)

So....Don asserts Vets are being screwed by Obama. What's the complete picture on this? (Factually speaking.)
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