Medical Device Tax: Sen. Scott Brown continues to push repeal message on the stump

April 12, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) puts the medical device tax front and center in his re-election campaign against likely opponent Elizabeth Warren.

Sen. Scott Brown

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) stormed through the Bay State this week, hitting 3 medical device makers to highlight his push to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax.

The Commonwealth's junior senator made campaign stops at Haemonetics Corp (NYSE:HAE) in Braintree, Mass., Belmont Instrument in Billerica, Mass. and Siemens Diagnostics (NYSE:SI) in Walpole, Mass., calling for the repeal of the levy contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"The medical device industry is vital to Massachusetts and we have to stop this new tax before it risks wiping out thousands of good-paying jobs and takes millions of dollars out of our local economies," Brown said in prepared remarks. "These companies are on the cutting edge of medical device manufacturing and their products save lives every day. This new tax will kill jobs and take away revenue needed for research and development projects."

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The medical device tax has been a winning issue for Brown, going back to his 2010 campaign for the senate seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.