Former Vice President Dick Cheney has little love for the medical device tax, which he called a "dumb" idea during a recent appearance at the National Press Club in Washington.
Cheney openly criticized the levy, a 2.3% sales tax on sales of U.S. medical devices, citing it as an example of poor crafting of the Affordable Care Act as a whole.
"I think that’s one of the dumbest ideas I’ve heard," Cheney said. "It’s an example of how ill-conceived parts of this program are."
Cheney had a few choice remarks for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, calling himself "literally walking around proof of how great and how innovative our healthcare system has been."
The former VP’s health issues have made him something of a poster child for medical technologies and heart disease treatment. He suffered the 1st of 5 heart attacks when he was 37, and has since had a heart transplant, quadratic bypass surgery and a combination pacemaker defibrillator.