Repealing Tax has Bipartisan Appeal

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

There are many things to dislike about Affordable Care Act, the deeply flawed health-care overhaul. One of its many new taxes is so ill-conceived that a push for its appeal has garnered strong bipartisan support.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, has joined a group of senators in supporting the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act, which would remove the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices ranging from bed pans to pacemakers.

Portman joins a group including Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. and Al Franken, D-Minn., in calling for the repeal. In the House, Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., also have just re-introduced a bill with 256 co-sponsors to achieve the same goal.

Portman said in a statement that “Ohio is home to many medical-device manufacturers and I’ve had employers tell me that this tax is especially burdensome and could potentially force them to lay off workers.”

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