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Reps. DelBene, Sinema & Peters: Huffington Post Op-Ed: Repeal the Medical Device Tax

By Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Rep. Scott Peters

The Huffington Post
June 2, 2015

Congress’s job is to pass laws that serve the American people. However, Congress often passes sweeping reforms into law and then fails to make updates to ensure they’re working in the real world.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which made sweeping reforms to our nation’s health care system, is a prime example. While health care reform helps improve the accessibility of health coverage, it is not perfect and reasonable fixes would ensure the law works for American families. Unfortunately, partisanship has prevented Congress from making commonsense, bipartisan fixes to the law.

One necessary fix is the repeal of the excise tax on medical devices, which was included as part of the payment plan for health care reform.

Medical devices improve the lives of millions of Americans, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and mobility to those who have been paralyzed. The medical device industry is a model of American innovation and high-tech manufacturing, where 21st-century technologies support middle-class jobs, save lives, and improve outcomes for patients.

Read full op-ed at The Huffington Post.