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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:32 pm

Night Strike wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:I am happy to have all insurance removed from employer pay, BUT as long as employers offer insurance then they need to provide the coverage people need , not just the coverage they want.


Why? If the employer is the one paying for the coverage, then why does the government get to dictate what they buy? Until Obamacare, if people didn't like the employer coverage, they could opt out of it.
Because its a necessity, not just a nice add on, because the REASON the system was set up this way specifically to benefit employers, not employees... and the government mandates are there to say "OK, you want this benefit employers... you need to meet some minimum standards".
It is only in recent years that providing health insurance has become more expensive than paying additional wages and the response is typical... make every excuse in the book to provide less.

There is an option.. don't be an employer. Its no different than those who want to be employers and not pay employees... oops you are happy to support them as well.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:35 pm

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PLAYER57832 wrote:You don't pay directly for police, fire, road services, most education or many other public services.


Because those are directly paid for by our taxes as they're a proper role of government. Most emergency rooms are operated by private health care providers, not the government.


So you agree that emergency rooms should be operated by the government, right? I mean, anything else would be tantamount to saying that you prefer for private providers to be in charge of emergency rooms so that they can turn away sick people.

No, there are other options. A lot of options were discussed back in this thread.

However, I don't have a problem with my fellow citizens running emergency rooms, provided medical care and not politics decide that care. That is at risk, private or public, thanks to folks like Nightstrike.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:36 pm

Night Strike wrote:So much for health information being confidential.

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

What would you say if your employer told you it needed your height, weight, body fat percent and other personal information for health insurance purposes?

That's what CVS is beginning to do. The company is telling workers who use its health insurance to have a wellness review done or pay up.

CVS says the information will go to a third party administrator of CVS's benefits, not CVS itself.

The idea is to incentivize healthy living. CVS says the idea is nothing new.

"The idea of an employee wellness plan is perfectly legal under the ADA. Courts held up these plans," said Joshua Kersey, a Tampa labor attorney. He says with "Obamacare" looming in 2014, practices like this wellness review are likely to become more common, because a lot of employers are expecting to pay more for their workers' health insurance.

"The more money it's going to save the employer, the more incentive the employer has to affect these types of programs," he said.

In CVS's case, workers not comfortable getting the review done will have to pay a $600 annual penalty.

"It is voluntary because you're welcome to get healthcare through someone else," he said.

In a statement, CVS says it's implemented the program to try and keep employees as healthy as possible, and help them manage their costs.

The company also says it will not be receiving or reviewing any of the personal information.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/21752353/2013/03/20/cvs-seeks-to-collect-employees-health-information#ixzz2OCUVFWaP
Nightstrike... that ship sailed LONG ago and you were among those arguing is perfectly reasonable, particularly so employers could deny women specific procedures or deicde to not hire or let go women who had other procedures.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby jj3044 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:02 pm

Night Strike wrote:So much for health information being confidential.

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What would you say if your employer told you it needed your height, weight, body fat percent and other personal information for health insurance purposes?

That's what CVS is beginning to do. The company is telling workers who use its health insurance to have a wellness review done or pay up.

CVS says the information will go to a third party administrator of CVS's benefits, not CVS itself.

The idea is to incentivize healthy living. CVS says the idea is nothing new.

"The idea of an employee wellness plan is perfectly legal under the ADA. Courts held up these plans," said Joshua Kersey, a Tampa labor attorney. He says with "Obamacare" looming in 2014, practices like this wellness review are likely to become more common, because a lot of employers are expecting to pay more for their workers' health insurance.

"The more money it's going to save the employer, the more incentive the employer has to affect these types of programs," he said.

In CVS's case, workers not comfortable getting the review done will have to pay a $600 annual penalty.

"It is voluntary because you're welcome to get healthcare through someone else," he said.

In a statement, CVS says it's implemented the program to try and keep employees as healthy as possible, and help them manage their costs.

The company also says it will not be receiving or reviewing any of the personal information.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/21752353/2013/03/20/cvs-seeks-to-collect-employees-health-information#ixzz2OCUVFWaP


This:
The company also says it will not be receiving or reviewing any of the personal information.


The media coverage doesn't explain this story properly. CVS pays a third party to administer the program. CVS doesn't get individual results. They only get group aggregate data, and participation data so that they can pay out the incentive (or disincentive as the case may be).

Their health information is still confidential.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby Night Strike on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:08 am

jj3044 wrote:The media coverage doesn't explain this story properly. CVS pays a third party to administer the program. CVS doesn't get individual results. They only get group aggregate data, and participation data so that they can pay out the incentive (or disincentive as the case may be).

Their health information is still confidential.


"Third party" still means "not doctor-patient confidentiality".

PLAYER57832 wrote:Nightstrike... that ship sailed LONG ago and you were among those arguing is perfectly reasonable, particularly so employers could deny women specific procedures or deicde to not hire or let go women who had other procedures.


You're incorrect, like usual. All I've said is that the government can't dictate what employers should provide, not that they should be allowed to go through a person's medical records and decide what to cover. If a procedure is not covered for all people, then there's no discrimination or violation of confidentiality going on. And if a person wants a procedure that's not covered, then they can pay for it themselves and the employer doesn't have to know. No person is ever denied the ability to take care of themselves just because an employer doesn't want to pay for it.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby Night Strike on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:11 am

By the way, Congress is finally doing a bit of work to undo part of the damage of Obamacare:

The Senate gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to a proposal by Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to put senators on record in favor of repealing a tax on medical devices – a key part of President Obama’s controversial health care law.

The Hatch-Klobuchar amendment to the GOP budget plan is the latest effort to roll back the tax that applies to a range of medical products, from surgical tools to heart devices. It’s among several taxes in Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.

The amendment passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 20.

“Today, bipartisan members of the Senate spoke loudly and clearly that this tax on medical devices simply must go. It is a drain on innovation, on job creation and on our ability to provide ground breaking medical technologies to patients,” Hatch said in a statement.

The Affordable Care Act levies a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade.

Manufacturers say the impact of the tax is far greater than meets the eye -- the 2.3 percent tax is on gross sales, meaning it's a much greater percentage of net income.

The Obama administration has defended the medical device tax, saying companies actually stand to benefit from the law. Though the 2.3 percent tax hits the industry, the department argues that the millions of new health care customers insured as a result of the law will increase the demand in hospitals to order more equipment -- in turn boosting medical device companies' profits.

Last year the White House threatened to veto a House bill that would have repealed the tax, citing concerns that the House proposal would offset the lost revenue from the tax by cutting down on subsidies for some families.

This, they said, would effectively "raise taxes on middle-class and low-income families."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/22/bi-partisan-push-to-repeal-medical-device-tax-gaining-traction-in-senate/#ixzz2OFKrYpW5
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:17 am

Night Strike wrote:
You're incorrect, like usual. All I've said is that the government can't dictate what employers should provide, not that they should be allowed to go through a person's medical records and decide what to cover. If a procedure is not covered for all people, then there's no discrimination or violation of confidentiality going on. And if a person wants a procedure that's not covered, then they can pay for it themselves and the employer doesn't have to know. No person is ever denied the ability to take care of themselves just because an employer doesn't want to pay for it.

No, you were fine with employers firing women for having abortions.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby Night Strike on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:25 pm

PLAYER57832 wrote:
Night Strike wrote:
You're incorrect, like usual. All I've said is that the government can't dictate what employers should provide, not that they should be allowed to go through a person's medical records and decide what to cover. If a procedure is not covered for all people, then there's no discrimination or violation of confidentiality going on. And if a person wants a procedure that's not covered, then they can pay for it themselves and the employer doesn't have to know. No person is ever denied the ability to take care of themselves just because an employer doesn't want to pay for it.

No, you were fine with employers firing women for having abortions.


Where did I say that?
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:32 pm

Night Strike wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:
Night Strike wrote:
You're incorrect, like usual. All I've said is that the government can't dictate what employers should provide, not that they should be allowed to go through a person's medical records and decide what to cover. If a procedure is not covered for all people, then there's no discrimination or violation of confidentiality going on. And if a person wants a procedure that's not covered, then they can pay for it themselves and the employer doesn't have to know. No person is ever denied the ability to take care of themselves just because an employer doesn't want to pay for it.

No, you were fine with employers firing women for having abortions.


Where did I say that?

You did, but even just sticking with the above, to claim taht no one is denied a procedure because iNSURANCE won't cover it, because the employer has decided its their personal business to dictate the health care other people get.... that is just a ludicrous assumption on your part. And, to claim that I have to pay extra for coverage because I am a woman is descrimination, and that IS what is mandated.

Claiming this is about money is stupid. We are talking about , literally a few cents, out of any policy... and none of that is going to be refunded women who are denied this particular kind of coverage. They will just have to pay more. So, it really is about folks bullying others into doing as THEY think. Whether I use birth control, get my tubes tied, have episiotomy, or a D& C is just not ANYONE else's business except my husband's. It certainly is not your or anyone else's right to claim that they have some moral obligation to dictate what insurance I can have or not have.

Its just a back door attempt to dictate to women what they can do.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby Night Strike on Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:01 pm

PLAYER57832 wrote:
Night Strike wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:
Night Strike wrote:
You're incorrect, like usual. All I've said is that the government can't dictate what employers should provide, not that they should be allowed to go through a person's medical records and decide what to cover. If a procedure is not covered for all people, then there's no discrimination or violation of confidentiality going on. And if a person wants a procedure that's not covered, then they can pay for it themselves and the employer doesn't have to know. No person is ever denied the ability to take care of themselves just because an employer doesn't want to pay for it.

No, you were fine with employers firing women for having abortions.


Where did I say that?

You did,


Then prove it.

PLAYER57832 wrote:but even just sticking with the above, to claim taht no one is denied a procedure because iNSURANCE won't cover it, because the employer has decided its their personal business to dictate the health care other people get.... that is just a ludicrous assumption on your part.


There are tons of procedures not covered by insurance policies, yet no one is denied getting those procedures...they just have to provide the payments themselves.

PLAYER57832 wrote:And, to claim that I have to pay extra for coverage because I am a woman is descrimination, and that IS what is mandated.


The people who use more health insurance should have to pay more for health insurance. That's basic economics (but you're banning economics from the health industry). Furthermore, if you say it's discrimination to charge more for using more health insurance, isn't it also discrimination to mandate that women now get free coverage for contraceptives? All it does is switch which gender is paying more money; the discrimination hasn't disappeared. But I'm guessing that the removal of discrimination is not your goal.

PLAYER57832 wrote:Claiming this is about money is stupid. We are talking about , literally a few cents, out of any policy... and none of that is going to be refunded women who are denied this particular kind of coverage. They will just have to pay more. So, it really is about folks bullying others into doing as THEY think. Whether I use birth control, get my tubes tied, have episiotomy, or a D& C is just not ANYONE else's business except my husband's. It certainly is not your or anyone else's right to claim that they have some moral obligation to dictate what insurance I can have or not have.

Its just a back door attempt to dictate to women what they can do.


Then f***ing pay for your own damn health care!!!!! If it's none of my business what goes on in your bedroom, then stop making me pay for what goes on in your bedroom!!!!! No one is denying you the ability to get all of those treatments simply because they may or may not be paid for by the insurance an employer provides. If you actually cared about being logical, you would be demanding that every single treatment in existence must be provided by every single insurance policy. Instead, you just want to mandate the things you want for yourself in the name of "choice". You can still choose to pay for procedures on your own dime....no one is denying you that option.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:25 pm

Night Strike wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:but even just sticking with the above, to claim taht no one is denied a procedure because iNSURANCE won't cover it, because the employer has decided its their personal business to dictate the health care other people get.... that is just a ludicrous assumption on your part.


There are tons of procedures not covered by insurance policies, yet no one is denied getting those procedures...they just have to provide the payments themselves.

which is prohibitively expensive in the case of medical care, which is WHY people have insurance.
These women are not getting any deduction, and if they did it would amount to mere pennies --no where near enough to pay for the denied procedures. It is not about money, it is about control... about men controlling what women do and using whatever excuse they think will fly to do it.
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PLAYER57832 wrote:And, to claim that I have to pay extra for coverage because I am a woman is descrimination, and that IS what is mandated.


The people who use more health insurance should have to pay more for health insurance. That's basic economics (but you're banning economics from the health industry).
No, I am saying that what you claim to an economic argument is not truly and economic argument. The ultimate problem is that people cannot either predict OR control their health usage. I was born female. I need things that you do not because I am female. Some people are born with tendencies to high blood pressure. They can only control certain factors, not the disease. You have no idea if you will get cancer, will get hit buy a bus and wind up paralyzed from the neck down tommorrow. That you think this is something that you CAN control means you are either extremely stupid or a bully who thinks its perfectly OK to judge people based on things entirely outside their control.

Night Strike wrote:Furthermore, if you say it's discrimination to charge more for using more health insurance, isn't it also discrimination to mandate that women now get free coverage for contraceptives?

#1. Contraceptives are not “free”, as you keep insisting. Women PAY for their insurance, usually with copayments, payroll deduction, but even if the employer pays the entire bill, it is paid for with their work. That the employer pays part of the compensation with insurance does not mean its not compensation for work. AND, as I said many times before, a fact you can research quite easily if you had any interest in actually educating yourself about this instead of just spouting off what you think is true… the reason employers now buy insurance is because it benefitted THEM. They got to provide a higher level of compensation for less money – the same as some employers provide housing or other benefits. That has changed, but because the medical care available has changed.



Night Strike wrote:All it does is switch which gender is paying more money; the discrimination hasn't disappeared. But I'm guessing that the removal of discrimination is not your goal.
I see, so you are under the impression that men will be paying more for their insurance? No, they are not.
And, if you are trying to somehow claim that providing female services is “discrimination”.. well, guess what, male sexual issues are covered quite well.
What makes it discrimination is the fact that women don’t get to choose their gender, at least most women.

Night Strike wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:Claiming this is about money is stupid. We are talking about , literally a few cents, out of any policy... and none of that is going to be refunded women who are denied this particular kind of coverage. They will just have to pay more. So, it really is about folks bullying others into doing as THEY think. Whether I use birth control, get my tubes tied, have episiotomy, or a D& C is just not ANYONE else's business except my husband's. It certainly is not your or anyone else's right to claim that they have some moral obligation to dictate what insurance I can have or not have.

Its just a back door attempt to dictate to women what they can do.


Then f***ing pay for your own damn health care!!!!!
I AM, or, in my case, my husband is, since family coverage is far, far cheaper than 2 individual policies.

AND… why don’t you just do without insurance?.. Oh, that’s right, you seem to think that is a perfectly rational and intelligent choice that adults ought to be able to make (at least male ones)… and that is why emergency rooms are filled with people who “oops, cannot pay” because they were just like you and thought they could do with “just the basics” of “what they will actually use”. And don’t try to claim “oh, I have major medical” or “I have emergency coverage”, because I can guarantee, that coverage will disappear very, very fast post any major accident or illness, if the healthcare law is eliminated.



Night Strike wrote:If it's none of my business what goes on in your bedroom, then stop making me pay for what goes on in your bedroom!!!!! No one is denying you the ability to get all of those treatments simply because they may or may not be paid for by the insurance an employer provides. If you actually cared about being logical, you would be demanding that every single treatment in existence must be provided by every single insurance policy. Instead, you just want to mandate the things you want for yourself in the name of "choice". You can still choose to pay for procedures on your own dime....no one is denying you that option.

This isn’t about bedrooms or choice. This is about MEDICAL CARE. Just because you dislike women’s healthcare doesn’t give you the right to decide that this is some kind of optional coverage.

I and others have gone into detail over ways this is absolutely NOT about women just deciding to have sex and not have babies or any other issue.. never mind the whole male domination bit, the FACT that many women plain and simply don’t decide their sexual activity on their own, but do wind up having to bear the biggest burdens.

This is not about your views or morals. It is about healthcare. Doctors, not clergy .. or employers get to decide that.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby jj3044 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:32 pm

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jj3044 wrote:The media coverage doesn't explain this story properly. CVS pays a third party to administer the program. CVS doesn't get individual results. They only get group aggregate data, and participation data so that they can pay out the incentive (or disincentive as the case may be).

Their health information is still confidential.


"Third party" still means "not doctor-patient confidentiality".

The article (and you) said nothing about "doctor-patient" confidentiality. The issue that has been raised is about the company (CVS) having access to their employees data, which they don't!

And anyway, since you are now complaining about "doctor-patient" confidentiality, does that mean that there shouldn't be any electronic medical records? The people who build and run electronic medical records aren't doctors... and they have access to patient data...

I just used EMR's as an example, but you will find dozens if not HUNDREDS of examples of entities having access to this data for very valid reasons.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:37 pm

jj3044 wrote:
Night Strike wrote:
jj3044 wrote:The media coverage doesn't explain this story properly. CVS pays a third party to administer the program. CVS doesn't get individual results. They only get group aggregate data, and participation data so that they can pay out the incentive (or disincentive as the case may be).

Their health information is still confidential.


"Third party" still means "not doctor-patient confidentiality".

The article (and you) said nothing about "doctor-patient" confidentiality. The issue that has been raised is about the company (CVS) having access to their employees data, which they don't!

And anyway, since you are now complaining about "doctor-patient" confidentiality, does that mean that there shouldn't be any electronic medical records? The people who build and run electronic medical records aren't doctors... and they have access to patient data...

I just used EMR's as an example, but you will find dozens if not HUNDREDS of examples of entities having access to this data for very valid reasons.

I agree with you here. You are quite correct.

BUT.. what a lot of people do not realize is that because employers pay for insurance, they often do actually have access to much of our information. HIPAA. changed some of that, but not all. Ironically so, in some cases an employer can know information about employees that their spouses cannot without direct authorization.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby Night Strike on Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:02 am

PLAYER57832 wrote:Contraceptives are not “free”, as you keep insisting.


I'm well aware they aren't truly free, yet the specific words of the regulation state that contraceptives must be provided free of charge.......that means the woman doesn't even have to pay a co-pay, yet she can get any type of contraceptive, whether it be $9 or $900. What prescription, especially a voluntary prescription, can a man get without paying a co-pay? THAT is why I said you're simply reversing the discrimination that you claim to be getting rid of.

PLAYER57832 wrote:I was born female. I need things that you do not because I am female. Some people are born with tendencies to high blood pressure. They can only control certain factors, not the disease.


Then YOU pay for those things. It's not my job to work in order to pay for YOU to have those things. I don't owe you anything simply because you're female. You don't owe me anything simply because I'm male.

PLAYER57832 wrote:That the employer pays part of the compensation with insurance does not mean its not compensation for work. AND, as I said many times before, a fact you can research quite easily if you had any interest in actually educating yourself about this instead of just spouting off what you think is true… the reason employers now buy insurance is because it benefitted THEM.


Of course they started providing health insurance benefits as a way to attract the best employees BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAD BANNED INCREASES IN WAGES!!!! If you banned from paying better people more money, then you have to find another incentive to woo them to your company. That's how the FREE MARKET works.

PLAYER57832 wrote:well, guess what, male sexual issues are covered quite well.


And men pay co-pays to get those medicines, if they're covered in their plans.

PLAYER57832 wrote:Just because you dislike women’s healthcare doesn’t give you the right to decide that this is some kind of optional coverage.


Where did I say I dislike women's healthcare? All I dislike is being mandated to pay for YOUR healthcare. The only women whose healthcare I'm responsible for is my wife's and any daughters I may have. The thing is, all you and your progressive friends want is to mandate that other people pay for your healthcare instead of you paying for your own. That's ALL Obamacare is for.....defining who must pay for someone else's healthcare. It does nothing to actually improve medical care (while doing a lot to harm it); it only defines payment mandates. And it doesn't make it "affordable" as its name claims.
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Re: Liberty VS ObamaCare: Back to Supreme Court

Postby PLAYER57832 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:00 am

Night Strike wrote:By the way, Congress is finally doing a bit of work to undo part of the damage of Obamacare:

The Senate gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to a proposal by Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to put senators on record in favor of repealing a tax on medical devices – a key part of President Obama’s controversial health care law.

The Hatch-Klobuchar amendment to the GOP budget plan is the latest effort to roll back the tax that applies to a range of medical products, from surgical tools to heart devices. It’s among several taxes in Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.

The amendment passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 20.

“Today, bipartisan members of the Senate spoke loudly and clearly that this tax on medical devices simply must go. It is a drain on innovation, on job creation and on our ability to provide ground breaking medical technologies to patients,” Hatch said in a statement.

The Affordable Care Act levies a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade.

Manufacturers say the impact of the tax is far greater than meets the eye -- the 2.3 percent tax is on gross sales, meaning it's a much greater percentage of net income.

The Obama administration has defended the medical device tax, saying companies actually stand to benefit from the law. Though the 2.3 percent tax hits the industry, the department argues that the millions of new health care customers insured as a result of the law will increase the demand in hospitals to order more equipment -- in turn boosting medical device companies' profits.

Last year the White House threatened to veto a House bill that would have repealed the tax, citing concerns that the House proposal would offset the lost revenue from the tax by cutting down on subsidies for some families.

This, they said, would effectively "raise taxes on middle-class and low-income families."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/22/bi-partisan-push-to-repeal-medical-device-tax-gaining-traction-in-senate/#ixzz2OFKrYpW5

OH GREAT, eliminate one of the things that makes the bill pay for itself....

Also, you DO realize (no, you don't... because you have denied this in the past ) that this was one way of not passing medical costs onto the rest of us. For someone who goes berserk over the possibility of paying less than a penny for women’s care, you are strangely on the other side of this one!
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