Senate follows House in launching medical device tax repeal bill

February 7, 2013 by MassDevice staff

Lawmakers deliver a 1-2-punch in launching parallel medical device tax repeal bills in the House of Representatives and then the Senate just a day apart. coverage of the medical device tax

A bipartisan group of Senators today released a bill that would repeal the 2.3% medical device tax, closely following a parallel bill released in the House of Representatives yesterday.

The pair of blows effectively reignites the medical device industry's fight against the new tax, a battle they lost last year when Congress left attempts to repeal or delay the levy out of the final fiscal cliff negotiations. The 2.3% sales tax took effect at the start of the year as prescribed by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, but the war for repeal is not over.

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The new Senate bill includes participation from 9 senators, 4 of which are Democrats. The blue members are key to repeal as medtech industry advocates overcome an underlying aversion to tinkering with and potentially weakening the Affordable Care Act.

The Senators named on the new repeal effort are:

  • Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  • Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
  • Patrick Toomey (R-Penn.)
  • Robert Casey (D-Penn.)
  • John Cornyn (R-Texas)
  • Al Franken (D-Minn.)
  • Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
  • Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

Of the group, Sens. Klobuchar and Franken were also signatures on a letter sent late last year to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to ask for a delay on the medtech tax.