Dan Holler

“’Stryker remains significantly concerned with the upcoming medical device excise tax and its negative impact on jobs and innovation, and will continue to work with Congress to try to repeal the tax,’ said Lobo.

“The company ‘expects to owe approximately $100 million in the first year alone, equating to over 20 percent of our annual, global R&D investments,’ said Lobo.”

It may come as no surprise then that both of Colorado’s Democrat Senators cast a symbolic vote to repeal the medical device tax that has already killed jobs in their state.

To celebrate Obamacare’s second birthday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) reminded his constituents he “fought hard” to pass the law. He went on to tout the law’s benefits to “young Coloradans just entering the workforce in a difficult job climate.” Difficult job climate you say?

It would be ironic if it weren’t so painful for so many struggling Americans.

We can all take some comfort though, because White House officials still insist Obama will follow through on his commitment to become one of the first Americans on a government-run exchange. As Politico noted, though, “It would be a purely symbolic gesture … in part because he’ll still have access to the White House Medical Unit and the official physician to the president, an office that has served every executive since the Revolution.”

If Obama likes his doctors, he can keep them.

That is a novel idea, isn’t it? The Republican Party should embrace the idea when it comes to reforming Medicare. Premium Support isn’t about dollar signs and age cohorts, it is about giving people access to an incredible array of health care choices, including the possibility of staying on their current insurance with a different financing stream.

When push comes to shove, the Left’s big-government policies are the antithesis of choice. As Americans are sadly learning, Obamacare is exhibit A. The allure of freedom is powerful to those who lack it, and conservatives must be prepared to present them with a real alternative.

Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.