American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well.
According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many of their manufacturers are expected to hike prices, meaning higher veterinary costs for the nation’s pet owners.
The tax will not hit devices that are used exclusively for veterinary purposes. But a host of such devices are manufactured for use in both human health care and veterinary practices. Those devices’ manufacturers will have to pay the tax.
I would not be surprised. Years ago pet care was a lot less expensive if they came up sick but nowadays the pet hospitals and such charge higher fees sometimes rivaling human care.
Coming from an age that did not have to have the pets vaccinated or chipped the current situation seems not only the hospitals but the government has intruded on things.