Medical device tax repeal is still in play on Capitol Hill

October 8, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

Federal budget negotiations are creeping along on Capitol Hill, where lobbyists says the bill to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax is still very much on the table.

Medical device tax repeal is still in play on Capitol Hill

The medical device tax continues to play a big role in the budget stalemate on Capitol Hill, where lobbyists haven't let go of efforts to repeal the levy.

As a $30 billion piece of the funding for the Affordable care Act, the medtech tax has become a political football as warring factions in Congress fight over the debt ceiling.

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The bickering has skyrocketed the medical device tax into the spotlight, where it has garnered more Google search traffic than at any other time in the past few years. As the federal shutdown languishes and both parties begin softening their rhetoric, healthcare lobbyists have remained optimistic that opponents of the tax still have friends in Washington and repeal is on the horizon, likely to tag along on a continuing resolution or debt-ceiling bill.

"We are thrilled that the issue has been able to get more of a public airing so that the public has more of a understanding of the issue," American Assn. of Neurological Surgeons Washington director Katie Orrico told "There is a good chance this will ride along with that package."