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Congress is preparing to take action on a bipartisan proposal to raise taxes on flu vaccines. This is not a tax on the wealthy, but rather on a broad swath of Americans, or at least those who choose to be immunized against the flu.

In February, identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate to add seasonal flu vaccines to the IRS code as taxable. The legislation would exact a 75¢ per dose tax on any “vaccine against seasonal influenza.” Given that the Centers for Disease Control projects that 135 million doses of flu vaccine will be used this year, the government’s take on flu vaccines alone is over $100,000,000 per year.

Along with taxes on other vaccines, this tax would fund the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund.  The fund is a “no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.”  However, the fund is by no means in the same kind of trouble that other government “trust funds” are.

The balance in the fund (as of November 2012) was more than $3.5 billion. Since the program’s inception in 1988, the fund has paid out only $2.5 billion in 25 years for cases involving all vaccines, not just the flu vaccine. This means the balance in the fund could conceivably last another 25 years with no further tax revenue.

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  1. Dr. Tar

    April 26th, 2013

    They’ll be taxing anti-biotics used to treat VD next.

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  2. Bill

    April 26th, 2013

    first they tax it then they will make it mandatory you get one!

    remove them all now!

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  3. norman einstein

    April 26th, 2013

    There’s $3.5 BILLION just sitting there?
    And they want MORE?

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  4. thirdtwin

    April 26th, 2013

    Algore has his Global Warming scam, and RFK Jr. has his vaccine scam. You must fund them both.

    “…last week, the parents of yet another child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were awarded a lump sum of more than $810,000 (plus an estimated $30-40,000 per year for autism services and care) in compensation by the Court, which ruled that the measels-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had caused acute brain damage that led to his autism spectrum disorder.

    The family of 10-year-old Bailey Banks won their case quietly and without fanfare in June of 2007, but the ruling has only now come to public attention. In the remarkably clear and eloquent decision, Special Master Richard Abell ruled that the Banks had successfully demonstrated that “the MMR vaccine at issue actually caused the conditions from which Bailey suffered and continues to suffer.”

    Bailey’s diagnosis is Pervasive Developmental Disorder — Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) which has been recognized as an autism spectrum disorder by CDC, HRSA and the other federal health agencies since at least the 1990s.”–Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-and-david-kirby/vaccine-court-autism-deba_b_169673.html

    I am assuming some linkage here between the “Vaccine Court”–WTF is that, anyway, and WTF is a “Special Master”?–and the Vaccine Fund. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

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  5. Jarhead Cracka

    April 26th, 2013

    So we get to pay for Sandra Fluke’s contraception and then we’re taxed on taking a flu vaccine?

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  6. Billy Fuster

    April 26th, 2013

    Just make the flu illegal – - problem solved.

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  7. Stranded in Sonoma

    April 26th, 2013

    The power to tax involves the power to destroy.

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  8. Stranded in Sonoma

    April 26th, 2013

    @Cardigan — I think you should have a photo of the correct thermometer.

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  9. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    April 26th, 2013

    LOL Stranded!

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  10. Serious Putty

    April 26th, 2013

    The main difference between those two types of thermometers?

    The taste.
    (So I am told…)

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  11. F.D.R. in Hell

    April 26th, 2013

    You should have seen Lucifer’s temperature last year when he was sick. It was partly responsible for Global Warming. :evil:

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  12. Dude

    April 26th, 2013

    I heard Democrats main goal in life is Tax And SPEND.

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  13. [...] mother nature’s bacteria colonies. Finally kindergarten teachers, flight attendants and other 1 percent villains will have to pay for wanting to be flu-free in defiance of Gaia and Al [...]

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