Is Repealing the Medical Device Tax the Silver Bullet to End the Shutdown?
On Thursday morning a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House announced an agreement on a compromise to end the government shutdown that would link a "clean" government funding bill to a repeal of the surtax on medical devices.
The tax, which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, is levied at a rate of 2.3 percent on manufacturers of medical devices that are not sold directly to consumers, like joint replacements and pacemakers. Earlier in the week Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that Senate Democrats may be willing to compromise with House Republicans on repealing the tax in exchange for passing a bill to fund the government.
- Interest groups supporting repeal of the medical device tax -- including dentists, physicians, and medical supplies manufacturers -- have contributed $39.8 million to current members of Congress.
- Republicans in Congress have received $24.4 million from interest groups supporting the repeal of the medical device tax while Democrats in Congress have received $15.3 million.
- House Representative Andy Harris, R-Md., has received $485,428 from interest groups supporting the repeal of the medical device tax, more than any other member of Congress.
- The top Democratic recipient is Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa. He has received $333,984 from interest groups supporting repeal of the medical device tax.
- Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has received $47,411 from interest groups supporting the repeal of the medical device tax.
- Medical supplies manufacturing & sales organizations have given $5.1 million to members of Congress; $2.4 million to Democrats and $2.7 million to Republicans.
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Hip replacement image: National Institute of Health via Wikimedia Commons