Animals lose in Obamacare, too

The working class knew Obamacare – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – would hit most members in the gut. Despite the claims of “free” healthcare the law would provide, those who contribute to society know anything “free” is actually provided by taxpayers.

Now the public can thank Obamacare for one more thing: increased costs at the veterinarian’s office.

A new 2.3 percent federal excise tax on certain medical devices just went into effect. And – you guessed it – that tax will help fund Obamacare. Manufacturers initially pay the tax but, as with anything, the increase is passed on to the consumer.

Medical devices used only on animals are exempt from the tax but a number of items have dual use in people and animals, such as IV pumps, sterile scalpels and anesthesia equipment.

According to an interview with a North Carolina news station, Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, the director of the Governmental Relations Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, said, “Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinarian medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that’s very unfortunate that veterinarian medicine now is subsidizing human health care.”

So those of us already paying for private insurance and the cost increases expected from Obamacare can anticipate even more costs.

It just might be the right time to inquire what type of payment plans are available through your vet’s office.

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