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Hidden ObamaCare Tax Bites Pet Owners

Struggling to make ends meet as it is, the elderly may become forced to choose between rent, food and abandoning the only companionship and unconditional love they have left.

Remember when Nancy Pelose told us they had to pass the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare in order to really know what was actually in the bill? Well, file this one along with all the others under... "We Told You So!".

Section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code limits the definition of a taxable medical device to devices described in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that are intended for humans, but does not provide that the device must be intended exclusively for humans. Under existing Food and Drug Administration regulations, a device intended for use exclusively in veterinary medicine is not required to be listed as a device with the FDA, whereas a device intended for use in human medicine is required to be listed as a device with the FDA even if the device may also be used in veterinary medicine.

In plain English, now medical devices used in veterinary medicine that cross over from human health care must be included within Obamacare’s 2.3 percent medical device tax. So with manufacturers and vets expected to hike prices to cover the tax, pet owners can expect a substantial hike in veterinary costs across the board.

Note the tax will not apply to devices used "exclusively for veterinary purposes". According to the FDA, common “dual use” ObamaCare taxable medical devices won't just stop at X-Ray & computerized imaging systems, surgical equipment and the like. The tax will also include items like examination gloves and thermometers!

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. pet owners annually invest over twelve billion dollars keeping pets healthy. Obviously a deep pocket Obama just couldn't resist.

Needless to say the biggest hit from this latest ObamaCare hidden tax will be to pet owners on fixed incomes. Struggling to make ends meet as it is, the elderly may become forced to choose between rent, food and abandoning the only companionship and unconditional love they have left.

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Amanda Frye February 25, 2013 at 09:03 AM
According to a recent article in the Atlantic, Americans spend $52 billion dollars a year on pets which is more than they spend on bottled water and coffee combined. Truthfully pets can be expensive so owning a pet might not be a wise financial choice for someone on a fixed income. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/02/these-4-charts-explain-exactly-how-americans-spend-52-billion-on-our-pets-in-a-year/273446/
Jeffrey Sabatini February 26, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Our freedom of choice is being taxed or legislated away. No one should have to choose between eating and giving up a pet, especially when it's the only UNCONDITIONAL LOVE many elderly have left in their lives. Just once I'd like to see Pelose, Reid or other liberal who supported ObamaCare, be the one who takes the dog or cat from the arms of the next senior forced to decide. Be the one to place that once beloved pet into the cage at the always overcrowded pound. And finally, to watch as the animal is euthanized. Perhaps then the liberal ruling class might understand the true consequences of blindly passing a bill before reading it.
Amanda Frye February 26, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Bottom line is pets are expensive...I know we have many pets at our home. Life is all about making choices.
Patricia Bianca June 12, 2013 at 08:22 PM
My husband and I had to make that difficult choice long before the ACA came into being. It happened during the years that George W. Bush was tanking the economy with unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts, lax banking regulations, etc., that helped tank our small business. I don't particularly care for this part of the ACA, but at least I know I won't be kicked off my insurance plan for getting sick or children will be denied policies because of existing conditions. Give some compassion to parents who face those difficulties because they have a child with Autism or Cerebral Palsy.

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