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  •  Thanks for this diary, Joan. While I certainly (4+ / 0-)
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    'have no use for' Rep Brady, it should be said that there are at least two "progressive Dems" who are in agreement with Brady, regarding the medical device surtax.

    They include Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Al Franken (MN).  Most of the other 14-15 Dem Senators (I've seen conflicting numbers) are corporatist or corporatist-leaning Dems, including Dem Leaders like Durbin and Schumer.

    Here's a link to the Washington Examiner piece entitled "Democrats Urge Delay For ‘Job-Killing’ Obamacare Tax."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Several of the senators, many of whom have medical device manufacturers in their states, have opposed the tax for a long time.  During the Obamacare debate, for example, Franken and Klobuchar were among a group of senators who successfully pushed to reduce the tax. (The device giant Medtronic is headquartered in Minnesota.)

    On Monday, Franken again expressed his opposition to the tax he voted for.  “I want to repeal the medical device tax altogether,” the senator and former comedian said in a statement.  “But I am concerned that we are running out of time before this job-killing tax goes into effect. So, for now, the best thing to do to ensure that this important industry continues to create jobs and producing life-saving devices is to delay this unwise tax.”  Franken and other want Reid to include a provision to delay the tax in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.

    And here a link to the Forbes article on the same topic entitled "Repeal of the Medical-Device Tax Is Life-Saving Legislation."

    I'm going to try to find the link to a piece that I just received on Twitter days ago.  Apparently, one of the first of the medical device makers has sent out letters to their clients (heathcare providers) proclaiming that they will "pass on" the medical device surcharge tax (which in turn, traditionally has been passed on to the healthcare consumer by hospitals and other providers).



    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:11:01 AM PST

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