ABOVE: Viscount Lachlan Markay, Third Marquis of Ramtown, Fourteenth Earl of Perth Amboy Junction
Shorter Lacky Malarkey, The DeMinted Foundation
Obamacare May Hike Your Pet’s Health Care Bills
- I do not see why I must pay my veterinarian an extra $5 for shots for my Welsh Corgis just to help pay for healthcare for some sick poor person. Do poor people fetch? Do they play ball? Do they let me scratch their bellies? No, of course they don’t! They are just vile parasites who mooch from the producers!
Lachlan Markay is apparently an “investigative reporter” over at the Heritage Foundation and he’s just been showing his keen investigatory skills by going through the Federal Register looking at agency rules. And he discovered, he thinks, that the Obamacare tax is going to apply to items sold to your veterinarian like examination gloves and catheters. This means that if you are rich enough to own a dog, you may have to pay a few dollars more for Fido’s shots so that, say, people don’t die from untreated medical conditions. Shocking! I can scarcely control my outrage.
The problem is, well, you know, the problem is SADLY, NO! If you follow his link, the rule makes clear that if a manufacturer makes an item for the veterinary market and sells only to the veterinary market there is no Obamacare tax on that item even if it is the kind of item that could also be sold for human medical use. Mr. Malarkey appears to think that the item will be taxed if it could be used on humans but that’s not the case. It’s only taxed if a manufacturer lists an item, and the manufacturer does not have to list an item that it produces only for veterinary use.
Do ya think that putting Jim DeMint in charge of these fellows will increase the level of scholarship at Heritage? (Hint: trick question or rhetorical question, you decide!)
UPDATE: Mr. Malarkey has, er, “responded” via Twitter. He apparently doesn’t get the joke.