Medical device tax repeal moves front-and-center

Persistent months-long lobbying by medical device manufacturers to repeal a 2.3% tax in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) paid off when Republican House members added the repeal to its attack on the national health care legislation.

The Republican-dominated House passed two amendments yesterday morning. The first would delay Obamacare for a year, and the second would repeal the medical device tax. The Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, is expected to take up the newest legislative volley this afternoon.

Although the Senate is expected to reject delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act, inclusion of the device tax makes the vote tougher for some liberal Democrats such as the recently elected Elizabeth Warren. She had bowed to demands from major Massachusetts manufacturers such as Covidien and Boston Scientific to come out strongly against the device tax....

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