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October 8 2009

You’re Taxing What?

Nicole Kurokawa Neily

Amanda Carpenter at The Washington Times alerts us to one of the insidious funding mechanisms on the table to pay for health care "reform":

When Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus proposed taxing medical devices to raise $40 billion over the next 10 years for his health care plan, opponents started digging in and looking at what would be taxed. It turned out feminine products, like tampons, were classified as class I medical devices and thus, the "tampon tax" was born.

The backlash was quick and severe enough against the idea that the committee quickly drafted new language that would exempt those necessities from the tax, along with all other class I devices, like tongue depressors, and decided to only tax class II medical devices and higher that cost more than $100.

But, just wait for the revolt to start again because women will still pay a price under the new structure. Particularly new moms who want to use a powered breast pump to bottle milk for their babies. Those devices, labeled class II, typically retails for more than $100.

Whatever happened to that whole not-raising-taxes-on-middle-class-Americans thing?

Bear in mind, of course, that inflation - created by printing money to fund these huge spending programs - will drive up the costs of lots of goods and services, and will eventually push many things that are currently below $100 above that threshold.

(Hat tip: Moe Lane at Redstate.com.)

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