Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Condoms are out, breast pumps are in

Government health care, Taxes


An old saying in politics says, “The devil is the details.” The axiom is especially true in the current debate in Washington D.C. about government health care.

Montana Democrat Max Baucus chairs the U.S. Senate Health Committee that is working on a federal overhaul of America’s health care system. Last month, Baucus suggested a proposed tax on medical equipment manufacturers include condoms. Baucus’ idea was met with howls, leading him to backtrack and exempt condoms from the tax. 

A condom, classified as a class I medical device by the Food and Drug Administration is, at this point, tax-free. However, government health care proponents have to find ways to pay for their takeover. Since class I medical devices are exempted, class II medical devices are still covered.

That means
powered breast pumps used to bottle milk for babies will be subject to the new tax that Washington Times columnist Amanda Carpenter calls, “the new mommy tax.”

The national political blog, Hot Air analyzed the medical devices that would be taxed to fund government health plan. The list includes:

  • Dentures, both partial and full
  • Fetal cell-screening kit
  • Female condoms, single use
  • Treponemal syphilis test
  • HIV saliva test kit
  • Patient data storage and transmission software
  • Stair-climbing wheelchair
  • Inflatable penis prosthetic  
  • Hip, knee, ankle, breast prosthetics  
  • Soft contact lenses, extended wear
  • IUDs
  • Dialysis catheters  
  • Dental X-rays
  • Sickle-cell anemia tests  
  • Mammograms

 

I guess free government health care isn’t free.

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