MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst Curtis Dubay counts the 2.3% medical device tax among the worst "Taxmageddon" levies, measures prescribed through healthcare reform that the foundation dubbed "major job killers."
Counted alongside small business taxes and increased tax rates on capital gains and dividends, Dubay warned that the levy stands to hurt the industry.
"The medical device tax will force medical device manufacturers to reduce their workforces. In fact, layoffs have already occurred at some manufacturers in anticipation of the tax," Dubay wrote.
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