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As the nation celebrates 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 Barack 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., according to officials from the non-partisan, public interest group Americans for Tax Reform
“Did Americans forget President Obama promising that Americans making less than $250,000.00 per year would not see their taxes go up one cent? Once again a politician is caught lying to the voters,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
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 already being collected by the federal government.
“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,” Norquist added.
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 Russians are coming? The Russians are here. America is infested with more Russian spies than at any point in history, say former intelligence agents who spoke with The Post.
“I would say there are a few thousand here,” said Boris Korczak, a former double agent who worked for the CIA, spying on the KGB. That’s because each mole is a long shot, and the Russians want to maximize their odds.
NASA’s primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of “predominantly Muslim nations.”
Exploring space didn’t even make the top three things Obama wants NASA to accomplish. The other two are “re-inspire children to want to get into science and math” and “expand our international relationships.”
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 48 percent of conservatives said they were “extremely patriotic,” but only 19 percent of liberals made that claim.
The poll asked this question: “How patriotic are you? Would you say extremely patriotic, very patriotic, somewhat patriotic, or not especially patriotic?” The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,014 adults.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s candidate won Poland’s presidential poll but the narrowness of the victory cast doubt on the government’s ability to carry out unpopular reforms.
Bronislaw Komorowski, a moderate conservative, won 52.6 percent of votes in Sunday’s poll after a cliff-hanger vote that saw his right-wing rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski perform much better than expected.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has stopped Planned Parenthood of California’s attempt at silencing a whistleblower.
Victor Gonzalez, the former chief financial officer of Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles branch, exposed through a federal lawsuit California clinics purchasing birth-control pills at discount prices, then billing both self-pay clients and federally funded state programs inflated prices.
Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday said that the U.S. military’s rules of engagement have hurt troop morale in Afghanistan and said that he hoped Gen. David Petraeus will clarify them.
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Democrat John Yarmuth has a massive financial interest in a home health care company owned by his brother that has benefited from the congressman’s advocacy for higher Medicare reimbursements.
Yarmuth was one of the 28 lawmakers who helped draft the health care bill while having financial holdings in the industry. He holds $5M in stock in a company called Almost Family, which is run by his brother William.