New Obamacare taxes start January 1. One of the more interesting and vague is the medical device tax.
According to the article common medical items like tongue depressors will be included. So as part of the Affordable Care Act you can count on medical, dental, PT, OT, chiropracter, etc. prices to increase in the near future.

Any other industry have a tax on gross sales?

The 2.3-percent tax must be paid, effective after December 31, by device-makers on their gross sales. The tax is expected to raise $29 billion in government revenues through 2022.

Companies including Boston Scientific Corp, 3M Co and Kimberly-Clark Corp have been lobbying the U.S. Congress for a repeal of the tax.

A repeal bill passed the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives in June, but it has not been voted on by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Many medical devices that are sold over-the-counter - such eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids - are exempt from the tax, as are prosthetics, the IRS said.

The tax applies mostly to devices used and implanted by medical professionals, including items as complex as pacemakers or as simple as tongue depressors



http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-usa-tax-irs-idUSBRE8B41GW20121205
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