Republicans are reportedly trying to raise the pressure on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to support repealing the medical device tax, a position she’s taken since before winning her seat in the U.S. Senate.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make changes to its national coverage determinations on speech assist devices used by patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This week Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) penned a letter to Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner urging the federal health insurance program to alter its policy on speech assist devices.
Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its 2.3% medical device tax could come as soon as next month.
In an interview with CQ Roll Call, the veteran lawmaker promised to make repealing the healthcare reform law his top priority and hinted that a vote could come as soon as U.S. Senate officially transfers control to Republicans Jan. 6, 2015.