Will Congressman Tim Bishop Hike Taxes on Chembio Diagnostics Workers in Medford?
New Obama healthcare plan endangers 16,607 New York jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Buried in the latest government healthcare plan proposed by President Obama is a new tax on medical device manufacturers, who make everything from prosthetic limbs to pacemakers. The bill imposes a new tax of $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) on the industry. Congressman Tim Bishop will have a chance to vote on this bill later this year.
This new tax will particularly hit the Chembio Diagnostics facility in Medford, New York. It employs 100 people—workers who may find themselves with a pink slip instead of a paycheck if this jobs-killing tax hike goes through.
“Washington politicians like to talk about jobs, but speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want to raise taxes on the medical device industry that will kill jobs,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Congressman Bishop can talk all he wants. Now he has a choice to vote with the Democrat leadership and kill jobs in New York or to summon the courage to vote against the Democrat leadership and protect those jobs.”
Statewide, there are 16,607 employees working for the medical device industry. Statewide, there were $4,789,721 in medical device sales in New York in the latest reporting year.
Congressman Tim Bishop VOTED FOR this same tax hike just last year. How will the Congressman vote this time?