Remember how we were all assured that we’d love Obamacare once we found out what was in it? People are already noticing shrinking paychecks, and with 2013 only three days old, people are already turning to — a site dedicated to debunking urban legends — to make sense of the country’s new Medical Excise Tax.

What now? We thought that only “the rich” were going to be paying more in taxes.

The Medical Excise Tax is real, and it kicked in Jan. 1. In short, it’s a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. There is a retail exemption that covers “devices that are of a type that are generally purchased by the general public at retail for individual use,” as well as exemptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids.

The tax is supposed to be “hidden” from the consumer, but it was brought to the public’s attention when receipts from hunting and fishing store Cabela’s showing the tax as a separate line item went viral.

Cabela’s has since explained that the charge was a “glitch,” and that anyone who believes they were charged incorrectly should see the store for a refund.

The “glitch” does, however, demonstrate the confusion that still surrounds Obamacare. The tax is intended to apply to manufacturers and importers and is expected to raise $29 billion over the next 10 years to help pay for Obamacare, but that cost will almost certainly be passed along to the consumer through higher prices.

So, even though the tax might not show up as a separate line item on your receipt, that doesn’t mean you’re not paying it. And if it does show up on your receipts, it’s probably real, and you should get used to it.

Taxed to death? Is that covered under Obamacare?

  • kayakingfatso

    I don’t understand how people are surprised by this. I really hate people.

  • radjahshelduck

    “My dentist just discovered the medical device tax in Obamacare. He didn’t think dentistry wld be affected. He will have 2 raise prices now.” When you are as clueless about economics as President Obama, you cannot foresee such an obvious development.

    • Jillane Kent

      To be fair, there is some warranted confusion regarding dentistry. The temporary crown my dentist made for me today will not be taxed. However, the professional crown will be additionally taxed because it comes from a supplier.

      • grais

        Sure the really expensive one will be taxed.
        That’s hardly any comfort.

      • Richard Willey

        Oh, that makes me feel much better…25 thousand pages of confusion and destruction that probably still hasnt beed read..

  • HawaiiSquid

    I wonder how many of these complainers relected him…

    • thetawake

      Or failed to vote altogether!

    • Elaine

      Just one of the many joys of socialized medicine! They loved Obamacare until the bills came due two years later.. more to come!

  • kayakingfatso

    I used to visit Twitchy to laugh at the dumb crap people tweet, but now I just get angry. And sad. So very, very sad. On one hand, I sit back and watch those who voted for this moron TWICE come to see what we’ve seen long before he won the first election. On the other, I am so very sad and disappointed.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Big picture…..sad, disappointing and yes depressing. However. You ain’t no good acting like Eyore (Winnie the Pooh). Suck it up buttercup,we need you.

      • SineWaveII

        Amen. This kind of thing is good news because it grabs the public’s attention.

      • louisiana_mom

        We need you and our children need you! If we don’t fight this we will be the first generation to leave our children worse off than we were! We cannot allow that!

        • LC1987

          You know what I voted against him twice, I’m a veteran who served this country because I believed in our Constitution and our way of life and now I’m tired of fighting, I’m tired of sacrificing (which as a military spouse I’ve done 20 years worth of sacrificing) so now I’m about done. When we get to the point that we are ready to retire we are going to take every penny we have saved for retirement and head overseas. We haven’t decided yet for certain where but I’ve also been encouraging my kids to get their college degrees in something they can take overseas as well because we’ve sacrificed and we’ve watched liberal jerks vote away our rights and the democratic party do everything they can to ruin this country and turn it into a welfare state so you fight it I’m done and when I can I’m gonna take my money and leave this country to the liberals who have ruined it.

          • louisiana_mom

            That’s just it… America was the only country in the world that offered freedoms… that’s why since our beginning people came to America, to escape the hell of their own countries…

          • Linda C. Roberts

            This is the very reason I left England, health and dental over there is horrific, small business has huge red tape, they are taxed on everything imaginable, and now I see it happening all over again and I never thought I would see it here

    • Samh09

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Thunderdome

      I agree.

  • Joe W.

    Bend over, folks, and buy lots of Vaseline……Barky ain’t near done yet…..Bwahahahahahahaha…snort snort….Bwahahahahahahahahaha…..

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Man, that’s just rude……

      • Joe W.

        Maybe so….but it happens to be true……

    • SpinMeNot

      Careful, as somebody pointed out on another thread, the Vaseline or the applicator may be subject to the medical device tax …

      (kudos to whoever pointed this out on the other thread).

    • peteee363

      will the new tax apply if i am using the vasoline for medical reasons?

      • Leonard Matchett

        Everone who voted for Obama quit complaining u voted for him live with it. anytime you make him a god u have problems. I saw this comeing in 2008. Are you blind?

        • SineWaveII

          Short answer yes they are and deaf too, however since the “news” media is meant to be our eyes and ears, it’s not hard to figure out why. The “news” media have much more important things to do like getting BJ’s from Kathy Griffin

    • SineWaveII

      Vaseline? You don’t get any stinkin’ Vaseline…what do you think this is? Vaseline isn’t covered by Obamadon’tCare. Now bend over and spread it.

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Fuck Obama

    • Bad things coming

      Roger that but it is too late now. Obama idiots put him back in office.

    • beebop1952

      There is probably a tax in there some where. Article on the Daily Mail in the UK highlights that those making 30,000 will see higher percentage of taxes than those making over 50,000. You’d think that maybe a JOURNALIST in the US might want to cover it …. hell …. what am I thinking? They all force fed us the great imposter.

  • Ipsophakto

    Death by taxation is covered by Obama, and ushered in by Obamacare. The point being, once you die from rationing, or for lack of a medical device, the estate tax kicks in – so Obama gets you coming and going.

    • Ariadnea

      You are right on estate tax, but it does not end there. For those who are left behind and for assets left, after estate tax was taken out by the government, there’s another inheritance tax to be paid for. I wonder if there will come a time when those who are already under the burial ground will be charged yearly property tax for occupying a piece of land in whichever cemetery they occupy. Sure makes RIP an irony!

    • LButler234

      Remember, they only have to pay for you to die once.

      • Richard Willey

        DAMN!!! The cat is outta the bag….Taxed on your imagination…

  • Jack Deth

    Liberal, Keynesian, Static Analysis: The public will NEVER notice!

    Conservative, Other Dynamic Analysis: The public will ALWAYS notice. Right away!

    I have a feeling that this will not end prettily.

    “The greatest power the media has. Is the power to ignore.”

  • TJ

    Just call “vote for Obama tax”

  • almarquardt

    Obama isn’t the only one we need to thank, but every Representative and Senator who voted for this monstrocity.

  • Kevin Cousins

    I can see how ammunition would possibly qualify as a medical device: It takes the Death Panel out of the equation. Or it could be the gateway to a visit to the emergency room.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Just unfkkngbelievable.

  • Michelle

    Pretty sneaky how Obama and the Congressional Dems went about this. They promised no new taxes with the passage of Obamacare and they made that promise to the individual/family. They did however create and/or increase taxes to companies. In this case, they created a “medical device” tax and it’s charged to manufacturers, producers and importers of medical devices. They thought we wouldn’t figure out the new tax would be passed onto the consumer…the individual. So yes, taxes were indeed increased on us, but Barry and Co. feel they kept their promise because technically the tax is imposed on companies. Surely they realized that companies would only pass the tax onto us. Slight of hand at its finest!

    • texas_suzie

      Many people saw this long before and were vocal about Obamacare before it was voted on, and many times afterwards. They were called racists and fear mongerers. Seems like they were right.

      • Michelle

        I am one of those people who saw this long before it rolled out. There’s lots of fun, not-so-publicly known taxes spewing out from Obamacare. An immediate tax from Obamacare was on tanning services – something many don’t know. An 11% tax was immediately applied to anyone who chooses to use tanning services. How random was that? I view it as a racist tax considering it’s a tax paid only by white people…black people don’t use tanning salons.

        • Roni Sloss

          And whose damn fault is it that white people tan and black people don’t …….? Now dont start that racist shit……over a damn tanning bed….. just because we have dark skin and yall want darker skin…..

          Stop the presses

          • Michelle

            You miss the point entirely.

          • Silenttype78

            Why not play the race card regarding tanning beds?
            It seems many blacks are able to swipe the race card every time something doesn’t go their way. I think it’s past time for whites to demand equal opportunity to use the same device.
            P.S. I love my lily white skin and never use tanning beds :)

        • LC1987

          There are people who use tanning bed for medical reasons also. Tanning beds are used to treat a few skin conditions (these aren’t any thing that can be contracted by coming into contact with the individuals who have it either) But actually it is a fairly valid point it was a tax aimed at excluding a group of people with certain skins types from having to pay for it. To be a fair tax they just should have had a lotion tax because most people regardless of race use lotion. By why target a certain industry if not to target the type of individuals who use it.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Technically you don’t pay any gas taxes at the pump. It is collected at the refinery. You are just reimbursing the retailer who reimbursed the jobber who reimbursed the refinery who actually paid the tax. Same with medical devices.

      • BobTheUmp

        GTB’s point is critical. Any tax added to manufacturers is included in the cost of doing business at the wholesale level. If we are lucky it is passed on at one to one ratios. Most often it is part of the margin calculation and the retailer is charging mark-up to the consumer on the wholesalers tax costs. Any corporate tax is ultimately a tax on that companies consumers.

        • GaryTheBrave

          I am not certain but there may be a regulation that prohibits profiting on the collection of highway fuel taxes.

          BTW, are you aware you can you don’t have to pay taxes for off-highway use? Save your fuel receipts for your lawnmower, skidoo, farm equipment, boat, etc. You should be able to deduct the FEDERAL fuel taxes (gas/diesel/alternative) because those are for on-highway use only.

          Check with your tax adviser first.

          • LC1987

            Interesting concept, I’ll definitely ask my tax agent about this.

      • Michelle

        I think we’re all aware of that which is precisely why the fools who scream to end the tax breaks to oil companies make me livid. Who do they think will pay the extra taxes? OK, end their tax breaks idiots, but YOU pay for it at the pump. Duh. Why is math so hard for them?

    • lainer51

      sneaky and deceptive – that is how they roll.

    • LC1987

      Oh it was a flat out lie about not raising taxes on families. What do you think the capital gains tax is on those who chose to save and invest? What about the “unearned income” tax on a family that buys a fixer upper house, renovates it lives in it for a while until it’s time to move on. We put the blood, sweat and tears into this house. We put the money into renovating it and making it more efficient and safer and now our tax on it will go way up because it’s “unearned income” how the hell did we not “EARN’ the increased value when we put our own physical labor into it? We put our time off and took time off of work do do the work on it ourselves so that we could spend more on the supplies and less on the labor. but now any profit we’ve made will go to the government because we didn’t “earn” it!
      We knew it was in there it was only the idiots who believed any of the lies out of the democratic party concerning Obamacare.

  • to me

    I would like to see them add this tax for pot since these idiots up in Wa State voted to make it legal. That will put the hurt on these stinkin seattle progs

    • mushdogs

      Please. The idiots of Puget Sound and King County. They vote for the rest of the state.

  • peteee363

    how many of these rubes just waking up, know about the social security “matching payments made by thier employers? your employer pays you less, because he sends in this payment you never see. because most people would freak out if they found out social security is double what you get taken out of your check.

    • Thunderdome

      Yep – unfortunately most morons are still conned into thinking it is some kind of retirement savings account.

  • SPCAndyJ

    I hope you libs are buried next election for this – you people are useless stooges. Every one of you.

  • Jack Deth

    Medical Excise Tax?!?

    Translation: “You and everybody else are buying Sandra Fluke’s and many others’ Morning After Pills and assorted condoms in perpetuity.”

  • Lucy Chabot

    Now all I can do is sit back and “enjoy” watching the uninformed Obama voter whine about this.

    • LC1987

      I can say this that we are better able to meet the additional financial tax obligations that are going to come from Obamacare than most of the democrats I know who voted. I’m going to enjoy watching the idiots who voted for Obama start to feel the hurt because they are going to feel it. We’ve been prepared for it so while it may mean we skip dinner out once a week it’s not really going to affect us nearly as much. We don’t trust that Social Security will be around when we retire so we make those preparations as well. We are working on second retirements even now and looking into what country will best suit our needs to retire to because after the liberal democrats and Obama are done I don’t believe we will want to live like paupers in what will be a 3rd world America compared to living extremely well on the same money someplace like Taiwan or maybe Belize. Haven’t really decided yet.

    • MrsThurstonHowell

      God forgive me, but I hope those ‘uninformed voters’ are hit the hardest. And, perhaps I can witness it. I promise I will try not to laugh.
      Well, maybe.

  • GMA213

    Veterinary costs will go up as well. Many items your vet uses are “human” medical supplies:dressings, surgical instruments, tape, etc.

  • cgraham77

    What the hell did these idiots expect?! And why is this a surprise? This is what you voted for, morons!

    • louisiana_mom

      Having talked (well argued) with many millenials about this very thing, I can tell you what they thought… Companies would eat Obamacare’s cost (because they have all that money just sitting around) while the employees’ health insurance premiums, prescriptions, and doctor office visit would cost virtually nothing!

      • lainer51

        I heard that too… yesterday someone told me she “thought” she would get total healthcare for $49/month (Obamacare) – I told her she misunderstood – it would be closer to $49/day..

      • Thunderdome

        Yep – it is astonishing how ignorant most people are. Somehow people need to learn that taxes (like other excrement) always flow downhill.

  • Steve_J

    If I were cynical I’d think somebody fibbed.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Texas gows it’s own way in 3…2…1…

  • chief_warrant

    I wonder how stupid you people are? (

    • ForTheRepublic

      The Medical Excise Tax is real, and it kicked in Jan. 1. In short, it’s a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. There is a retail exemption that covers “devices that are of a type that are generally purchased by the general public at retail for individual use,” as well as exemptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids.”

      Maybe you just missed where it said medical devices in the post. So I posted it for you. Oh, and don’t call anyone stupid when you can’t tell the difference between when a period is needed and a question mark is needed.

    • ClinkinKY

      Your link leads to NOTHING.

    • Donna Acosta

      I bet you wonder about a lot of things. is just a puppet for the libs, and whatever they said, I wouldn’t believe it.

  • Del Olds

    When will people learn that corporations do not pay taxes. They collect them. Taxes are a cost of doing business and passed on to the consumer.

    • rporth

      I have been saying this for years….. Folks still want more taxes on those evil corporations….

  • LoriGirl

    When you see that Med tax on your receipts, remember these four words: Independent Payment Advisory Board.
    You’re welcome.

  • ForTheRepublic

    Hey, Twitchy Admin, any luck finding the source of these spambots?

  • TomJB

    See, the error wasn’t that the tax was added, it was that the registers were printing it on the receipts. You weren’t supposed to know it was there and just assume the government was treating you like good little children. The “glitch” will be fixed and you won’t have to worry your little head about reading and understanding your own money any more.


  • SheilaK

    Yup, the low information voters got what they wanted, eh?

  • Marshal Truckie

    Obama = Lenin”The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between millstone of taxation and inflation.”

  • bo1921

    Just KNOW what your area sales tax % is and if the itemized sales tax amount is larger than it should be, ask questions. In the case above with Cabela’s, the sales tax rate is 8.25%. Businesses are, generally speaking, NOT going to list the obamacare tax on the receipt. Do your own math.

  • Thought Criminal #1

    Looks like the Middle Class is having their taxes go up by a lot more than “not one dime”.

  • SpideyFan

    im just waiting on the spin, where they start blaming republicans for this.

  • People Corporation

    It should be properly labeled as “DNC vote surcharge”.

  • JAS64

    “Glitch” my ass! They are just boiling the frogs again to see if they are going to get caught. Guess what, Dems………..YOU’RE BUSTED AGAIN!

  • Shinjoooo

    You people are idiots. Way to back track and try to not look dumb by jumping to conclusions and blindly believing everything you see on the internet. Answer me this, would you be so upset by a 2% increase on medical supplies if W had implemented it? I doubt it.

    • Jay McHue

      Sorry, dipstick, but yes, we would have been just as upset. We don’t like unjust, b.s. tax increases no matter who is behind it. Go take your self-righteous, pretending-to-know-it-all @$$ and take a long walk off a short fiscal cliff.

      • Shinjoooo

        Go clean up, you still have some egg on your face.

        • Donna Acosta

          Oh, a personal insult. Klassy. You clearly have something intelligent to say in response!

          • Shinjoooo

            Personal attack? Haha, I guess you’ve never heard of the expression “egg on your face”? Btw, Jay up there made it personal, not me… try again.

    • stillinthe60s

      Not anymore than the libs who are peeing all over themselves today because they have a 2% increase in their SS payroll tax. Only the rich were supposed to get hosed with the fiscal cliff deal. Amazing how upset and dumb people get when it’s their revenue going to Big Gov. Doubly hard for lefty’s who creamed all over themselves just getting the Rich to pay their fair share.

      • Shinjoooo

        Way to get WAY off topic! Personally, I am willing (at 33 years of age) to pay for your much older’s rear in regards to SS. Too bad you can’t be compassionate enough to pay your share to people less fortunate than you.

        • stillinthe60s

          You asked for an answer regarding W’s supporters reaction if he increased medical taxes 2% and I believe it would be no different from Obama’s supporters upset today because their SS payroll taxes went up 2% unexpectedly..for the uninformed anyway. Not sure how that was off topic. Media/Obama have been constantly talking about “Rich” paying their fair share so why would libs expect any of theirs to go up.
          Not sure where you come to the conclusion I am not compassionate regarding helping less fortunate from what I wrote as I voiced libs reaction to having to pay more taxes. Stereotype much?

          I’m not jumping on the web to voice my displeasure for the reinstatement of this tax. SS was already running out of money and I don’t think it makes any sense to cut payroll contributions if we want to be responsible in funding it for the long term. In your case ..a very long term. In mine, not so much but I’m glad to hear your so willing to pay for my old rear end’s SS because I intend to enjoy every single dollar of yours lying on a beach somewhere while you keep plugging away so compassionately, to support both of us.

          • Shinjoooo

            Not sure you’re not sure I’m not sure I understand a word you just said… not sure.

          • stillinthe60s

            Guess that’s about as much as a coherent argument one can expect from a 33 year old these days.

          • stillinthe60s

            Guess that’s about as much as a coherent argument one can expect from a 33 year old these days.

  • Severe Conservative

    It’s things like this that lead me to believe that God has a really wry sense of humor.

  • Robert Jackson

    ONLY an indigent moron would believe anything from the bullshit website that site is run by a liberal loving husband and wife who use Google to find links to shit that backs their biased opinions

  • SWwife
  • kssturgis62

    Canada does not have a Medical Excise Tax, order online, don’t get it in the stores. there are ways around everything.

    • kssturgis62

      I started posting these receipts on January 1st. I re read the section of the bill, it says nothing about this, about a tax on things that enhance your body like shoes and socks, but then again what people forget is the following:


      watch out, more is coming on top of this tax 4 other taxes kicked in on January 1st you progressives are laughable, because it goes to show how pathetically brain dead you are, you think it is all free. Progressive liberals are a joke, they need to be made fun of so often. how anyone can be so stupid is beyond me. pathetic little people who have no values or morals and have to depend on Obama because they don’t know how to take care of themselves.

    • Seola

      Canada already has higher prices to pay their subpar-ish medical care, that’s why Canadians flock to the US on payday (see – any border Wal-Mart, including the trampling episode for gallons of MILK in Washington), order online? Great – except most states are now forcing online stores to collect sales tax. Colorado is one of them and Obama has *already* started the proposal and process to tax anyone who sells over the internet (regardless of origin) to anyone in the US.

      • kssturgis62

        I am an American married to a Canadian, and I can tell you lots about Canada;s health care system and taxes that you do not know about. First off, they do NOT HAVE HIGHER PRICES to pay for their Medical System. the Taxes in Each province are different for the health care system. If you knew that you would then realize, the Federal Government in Canada sets ONLY the Guidelines for the Health Care System and EACH PROVINCE runs it as they see fit. For instance Alberta’s Tax is only 5% GST, that is it that is all we pay on things we buy and that DOES NOT include Groceries, but ONTARIO’S taxes just went up on what you buy to a 15% HST it is no longer GST in Ontario, they combined it and raised it and CALL IT HST. it used to be only 6% GST until McGuinty got elected.

        Don’t believe everything you hear in the news about Canada’s health care system, because they are NOT TELLING YOU THE TRUTH. the Canadian Health Care system is not only pulled in Income tax, but it is based on the taxes that each province decides to charge and what they think they need, then Hospitals have fundraisers, and Canada’s health Care system was NEVER SET UP to be a cure all for everything. That is why 90% of those who work, get benefits. that is right at my husband’s job he get health Care benefits, Dental, eyecare, and then the government insurance. WE also have Travel Insurance when we come to the states, on top of our other benefits.

        don’t assume things you don’t know. are their problems, UM YES, but are they as bad as reported NO. do things happen like deaths, but don’t people die in the US too? Canada’s Population compared to ours is a fraction with most people living on the border. A lot of Canadians have American Doctors in the USA< because they are on the border and the Canadian Government pays for them to go there.

        Plus to on Income taxes to the feds, it is based on Income. It is like a Fair Tax. There aren't tons of Deductions, there isn't anything based on Who is the richest person and they get all the deductions, in other words NO IRS, so a much fairer system, you can fill out your own tax forms without an accountant in Canada.

        Now don't misunderstand me I Love my country the USA. I think it is the greatest country on the planet. But Canada has always been our best friend, and I have been going there my whole life, because i was born and raised in Michigan and I have always had tons of friends in Canada. so i guess because I am married to one, been going there my whole life, I have a different perspective, and understanding of what actually takes place. Some things they do are better, health care, nope you might have to wait on somethings, other things don't have to wait at all. there is good and bad in Everything, ours wasn't perfect, Obama care is a killer. Taxes, on income MUCH BETTER THAN OURS. NO IRS. fill out your own forms, and yep income tax is on income, then each province does their own thing. Have an issue with health care talk to your provincial leaders an quit electing Liberals or Marxist NDP's to be your premiers or mayors and the people in Canada would be better off. Alberta is where Harper is from and that is a Conservative Province top to bottom. Harper is looking at making changes, the man has changed many other things, lets just see what he does with health care and allowing private hospitals to set up shop.

  • Liquid55

    LOL…”Taxed to Death”…the REAL death panels.

  • Karen

    retirement places as of 2013 ranging from 1,000 – 2,000 dollars per month…we are going to Panama

    • Shinjoooo

      See ya, Karen!

  • jdw

    Hey conspiracy theorists and Obama Haters, this was NOT a surprise to anyone in the medical field. If it was a surprise, find a new provider because clearly they were living under a rock. This tax is common knowledge in the industry.

    This is a Cabela’s issue, not an Affordable Care Act issue.

    Rest easy, you can adjust your tinfoil hats to find other conspiracies.

  • Trevor Bishop

    I purchased powder, primers and bullets from them this evening and nothing showed. My wife works there and she only saw it once on some fudge and it was a mistake according to her supervisor. It is not showing anymore.

  • jaded one

    does this mean I can use my HSA account at Cabelas now?

  • Guest

    This is the one of the best cliches now people can actually see.

  • BeeKaaay

    I hope more companies will put this new tax on receipts.