MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Health equipment giant Invacare Corp. (NYSE:IVC) isn’t getting much bang for its political buck, according to chairman Malachi Mixon.
The company has spent nearly $8 million on lobbying efforts since 2005 and Mixon and his wife have independently donated more than $500,000 during that time, but Invacare hasn’t seen many decisions sway in its favor.
"It’s like pushing a wet noodle uphill," Mixon told Cleveland.com. "But it doesn’t mean you don’t try."
Invacare has lost in efforts to push back a Medicare competitive bidding program that it cutting into its bottom line and a Medicare payment cut on home oxygen supplies, and is having little success in pushing back against the 2.3 percent excise tax set to go into effect in 2013.
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