Over The Counter Medications Will Be Taxed For Obamacare

‘Seeing’ Red at Reconciliation over Medicine Cabinet Tax.  John Berlau at Big Government.

The painful reality.  Over the counter medications that people have relied upon for years for small things that ail us all from time to time, will now be taxed.

“They won’t be so opposed to it once they see what’s in it.” That’s the rationalization House leaders gave skittish Democrats to get them to walk the plank on Obamacare Sunday night.

But one of the first things millions of Americans will “see” is an effective 40 percent tax hike on the over-the-counter medicines – from an antihistamine such as Claritin for allergies, pain relief medicine such as Tylenol or Excedrin, Pedialyte to prevent their kids from becoming dehydrated when they are sick, and even prenatal vitamins if they are expecting another one.

Open up those purse strings folks.  The government has to make money to pay for all the newly insured.  Even if it means taxing those with the greatest need, on the smallest of items that help make life a little bit easier health wise. 

Read the list of many of the OTC medications that will betaxed here at Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drugs FSA Guide.


11 responses to “Over The Counter Medications Will Be Taxed For Obamacare

  1. Of course they are going after the FSA and HSA’s, that way they can stick it to the middle class entrepreneur once again. I just hope those who are being socked with this tax will see Pelosi and Obama’s smiling faces and hearing the words, “You’re gonna love this bill once you see what’s in it!”

  2. Well I guess it is not only food we have to stock up on now is it? What is the shelf life of aspirin and Tums?

  3. thetownecrier

    It seems as though prescriptions will not be taxed. So everyone will be trying to game the system and avoid paying taxes on medications by demanding their doctor give them prescription level drugs instead.

    Pharmacies will not be able to bypass the taxes because over the counter drugs are just that, and not prescription level. So even if it is written on a prescription pad, it is still over the counter, and people will be stuck with the tab. They will get angry, and the pharmacist will just look at them and tell them it is Obamacare.

    It is very sad that something as basic as Pedialyte for babies who are getting dehydrated from their illness, their parents (or responsible adults) will be getting stuck with a tax, just to get past their illness.

    Prey on the babies, prey on the weak, prey on everyone, is the message being sent from Obamacare.

  4. I wonder if they are also going to tax the Depends for Senior’s, too? Or how about the nutrition drink for Seniors and toddlers?

  5. thetownecrier

    See http://diocal.org/files/docs/admin_manual/fsa_otc_guide.pdf to check out the over the counter medications that will be taxed.

  6. You are a font of good info- I am going to check out that link! Thanks!

  7. Absolutely Nunly. Watch and see.

  8. Holy cow…even medication for diaper rash, hemorrhoids and any kind of cough drop or cold medication. They pretty much cover everything on that list. This is just crazy. There seem to be a whole bunch of newly taxed items that are coming out with this bill.

    Did you see this little tidbit that got slipped in the bill?

    The Class Act, otherwise known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act, is the federal government’s first long-term care insurance program.

    Under-reported and the under the radar of most lawmakers, the program will allow workers to have an average of roughly $150 or $240 a month, based on age and salary, automatically deducted from their paycheck to save for long-term care.

    The Congressional Budget Office expects the government will collect $109 billion in premiums by 2019.

    Supporters say the program will relieve pressure on Medicaid and should help keep us out of nursing homes by enabling Americans to save for something most will eventually need — assistance in eating, bathing or dressing in their old age.

    Opponents say the provision is little more than a short-term revenue fix that will eventually add to the federal deficit.

    “This is a scary proposition where the government passed a huge new entitlement program with gimmicks and tricks and the American people don’t know they will be automatically enrolled in it by their employer if they don’t watch out,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

    Nunes says Republicans were blindsided by the provision because they were unable to see the final bill until the very end. But Democratic supporters say the provision, which was championed by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, should not be controversial

  9. Nunly- Can I get a link for that and how the hell do we opt out of it???? I definitely DO NOT WANT one of his “Ready Reserve Corps” (also in the damn bill and otherwise none as rehabilitated former ACORN employees and other Obama worshiping brown shirts) anyway- I don’t want any of his bots taking care of me when I am old and enfeebled-there are enough horror stories about senior abuse now!