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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Comstock Votes To Repeal Obamacare Medical-Device Tax

June 19, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House repealed the medical-device tax yesterday:

“This week we took an important step in repealing Obamacare, by repealing the medical-device tax on a bipartisan basis with 230 Republicans and 46 Democrats supporting the repeal.  Close to a super majority, this resounding bipartisan victory can potentially override a presidential veto.

“Inexplicably, Obamacare imposed a 2.3 percent tax on medical-devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, and insulin pumps to pay for this unwieldy and unworkable bill.  These are important medical-devices that Americans use every day to improve their health and reduce medical costs.  This tax also adds an extra burden on health care innovation because medical-device companies are slashing jobs.  According to a 2013 Advanced Medical Technology Association Study, 33,000 jobs have been cut thanks to the medical-device tax. These job cuts inhibit research on products that improve the lives of all Americans. 

“That is why the House acted in a bipartisan manner to repeal the medical-device tax yesterday.  The U.S. Senate needs to take up this important measure so that we can focus on patient-centered health care.”