Educated Guess: US Medical Device Excise Tax here to stay through 2016

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By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group

Since its implementation in 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) has drawn steady fire from industry trade groups and their allies in the US Congress. So far, however, lawmakers’ efforts to repeal the tax have fallen short due to opposing agendas of the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Democratic majority in the Senate.

Now that ostensibly pro-business Republicans control Congress,  eventual repeal of MDET seem more likely. Congressional leaders have wasted no time introducing new bills targeting the excise tax:

Bills in both chambers of Congress have attracted support from Democrats in states such as Minnesota, Utah and Massachusetts, where medical device companies play significant economic roles. Support for MDET repeal seems to cross party lines and has more to do with the geographic density of industry employment than party affiliation.

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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