Medical Device Tax Repeal Continues to Gain Momentum in House

May 21, 2015

On May 1, Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) led a group of 18 freshman and sophomore House Democrats in sending a letter to congressional leadership, urging action on legislation to fully repeal the medical device excise tax (H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015) before the Memorial Day recess. In addition to Rep. Peters, the letter was cosigned by six members of the California delegation: Reps. Pete Aguilar (D-Fontana), Ami Bera (D-Sacramento), Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), Norma Torres (D-Pomona), and Juan Vargas (D-San Diego).

Additionally, support for the medical device tax repeal bill continues to grow, with California Democratic Reps. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) and Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) joining in support of the bill this month, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 280.

The House is currently expected to take action on the legislation with a markup of the bill in the Ways & Means Committee next month. Click here to view an op-ed in the U-T San Diego from Sara Radcliffe, CLSA’s President & CEO, on the need to repeal the medical device tax.