Senator-Elect Heitkamp Conspicuously Absent From Group Of Democrats Opposing Obamacare Tax

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Eighteen Democrat Senators, including 16 who voted for Obamacare in the Senate as well as two Senator-elects, have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking for a delay in the implementation of a 2.3% tax on medical devices, calling it a “job killing tax.”

That this tax was a hotly debate part of the law that most of these Democrats voted for should not go overlooked. That repealing this tax would exacerbate the already heavy impact Obamacare will have on the budget deficit also shouldn’t be overlooked. But I digress.

What’s interesting is that North Dakota Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp didn’t sign the letter.

Back in October, during her campaign against Republican Rick Berg, Heitkamp was for changing some parts of the law (though she, like all of these Democrats, opposes repeal). Specifically, Heitkamp has said that changes need to be made to tax elements in the law.

Well, how about this tax on medical devices which will not only harm the economy, as the Democrats who signed the letter point out, but will also raise the cost of care once the price of this tax is passed on to health care consumers?

That Heitkamp would be silent on these issues of at least reforming, if not repealing, this horrendous legislation isn’t surprising. Remember, Heitkamp was an unequivocal supporter of Obamacare before she started her campaign for the US Senate. “There isn’t evidence [Heidi Heitkamp] raised concerns about the health care law until she was a candidate for Senate,” Politico reported in back in March.

The doubts Heitkamp expressed Obamacare were never anything more than a campaign ploy intended to ingratiate herself to an electorate that, by overwhelming margins, opposes the law. It’s a certainty, now that she’s been elected, that she isn’t availing herself of opportunities to reform it despite campaign promises.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • whowon

    Somehow I got on her e-mail list, invited to a Holiday party with this…Everyone is welcome. Some people have requested to contribute to the 2018 Campaign. If you would like to contribute to benefit the re-election campaign, suggested contribution is $20, $50, $100.

    For more information or to RSVP. Just like the big O, still campaigning.

    • Rob

      She knows she didn’t win by much. Her job now is to entrench herself.

      Republicans are going to have a hard time unseating her. That might have been the last competitive statewide election for a generation.

      We’ll see how it goes. Six years is a long, long time.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    I was going to make a “process” counterargument that, well, this letter was organized from current Senators.

    But, two Senators-elect did sign: Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Elizabeth Warren (!) of Massachusetts. Both are from big medical-device manufacturing states, which North Dakota is not.

    Whatever the case, a Democrat with a Senate connection could have signed.

    • Rob

      Especially a Senator who campaigned on opposing these aspects of the law.

  • Randy G

    Everything said by Heidi before Nov. 6 has expired.

    • Rob

      That’s it in a nutshell.

    • Roy_Bean

      Heidi lied shamelessly to get elected and she will continue to lie shamelessly to stay in office.

  • $8194357

    Democrats gave us the KKK and now the
    ACORN/SEIU brown shirts to do the dirty work…
    Follow the $$$$ trail….

    Below is a list of all the labor unions that ranked — along with various
    corporations, special-interest groups, and professional associations — among
    the 140 leading donors to U.S. political parties and their candidates from 1989-2010.

    Every one of these unions, without exception, gave the vast majority of its donations
    to Democrats. Next to each union’s name is the total dollar amount of its
    political contributions during the two-decade period, as well as what percentage
    of that money went to Democrats:

    AFSCME: $43,337,561 (98%)

    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: $32,930,966 (97%)

    National Education Association:
    $32,021,910 (93%)

    Laborers Union: $30,106,550 (92%)

    Carpenters & Joiners Union: $29,154,808 (89%)

    Service Employees International
    Union: $29,139,982 (95%)

    Teamsters Union: $29,126,809 (93%)

    American Federation of Teachers:
    $28,731,591 (98%)

    Communications Workers of America: $28,273,156 (98%)

    United Auto Workers: $26,949,252 (98%)

    Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union: $26,170,977 (98%)

    United Food & Commercial Workers Union: $25,226,733 (98%)

    AFL-CIO: $18,744,496 (95%)

    Sheet Metal Workers Union: $17,901,313 (97%)

    Plumbers & Pipefitters Union: $17,547,376 (94%)

    Operating Engineers Union: $17,103,385 (85%)

    United Steelworkers: $14,493,901 (99%)

    United Transportation Union: $14,414,260 (88%)

    Ironworkers Union: $14,069,875 (92%)

    American Postal Workers Union: $13,312,673 (95%)

    Seafarers International Union: $8,704,594 (85%)

    Transport Workers Union: $8,582,649 (95%)

    Amalgamated Transit Union: $7,648,918 (93%)

    • sbark

      This is actually the 2nd go-round for Dem’cat brownshirts, remember Woodrow Wilson, the Facist version 1.0 was the origianal dem brownshirter……

      • $8194357

        Lenin said where there is ‘freedom’ there is no state…
        Where there is state…no freedom…
        The Founders gave us a “limited power” federal government
        for just this reason, huh…

    • sbark

      Wasnt communist the original free the worker movement………those leftwingers they just care about people……..

      here is a Tribute to Left Wing Labor relations……..

      • $8194357

        The communists started the “labor” movement and it was
        quickly taken over by the shake down artists of orgnized crime…
        Money to be made by strong arm tactics ya knew they would muscle in…

      • $8194357

        Now when ya come to the understanding that sharia jihadism is the older brother to this communist parasidic twin…..The world is in big big trouble, huh…Ideology as political tyrany in the name of love, peace and tolerance…
        Gotta be the devil who gives the ideologies and
        deceptions to hide behind, no.

    • Guest

      Democrats gave us the KKK and now the ACORN/SEIU brown shirts to do the dirty work…

      Yet the KKK, neo nazis and every bigot/lunatic fringe group in America stands and votes with YOU…today.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Ah… proof by assertion I see you resort to now philandering child rapist.

        “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually
        come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the
        State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or
        military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for
        the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is
        the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the
        greatest enemy of the State.”

        Joseph Goebbels

        • $8194357

          What it is….
          And who buys the lies…..

      • $8194357

        Leftist revisionist delusion syndrome Dr……

        An advanced case…Terminal, I fear…
        Yes I concure…..
        Tens of millions of them
        feeding of the carcuses of lies and deception..
        the illness will only spread and destroy as intended by
        the viruses creator, lucifer….
        May God rest their souls…..

        • two_amber_lamps

          “May God rest their souls…..”

          Methinks the “other guy” is reserving them a cauldron…. nice and close to the fire.

          • $8194357

            Ya.. Your probebly right…
            I hate to see anyone perish, but many will…