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Medical Device Tax Repeal Effort Creates Dilemma For Some Democrats

The House is scheduled to vote on this measure this week. It is one of two repeal-related proposals currently moving in that chamber.  

Bloomberg: U.S. Medical Device Backers Face Tough Health Care Vote
Senate Democrats from states including Minnesota and Pennsylvania are caught between their support for medical-device industries and their party's reluctance to make major changes to the 2010 health-care law. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax for medical devices. To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, the vote is part of a Republican attack on the health law. To Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat seeking a second term, the repeal is necessary to prevent harm to an industry that provides jobs in her state (Rubin and Hunter, 6/6).

Kaiser Health News: Health On The Hill: Ahead Of Elections, GOP Readies Vote On Repealing Parts Of Health Law
Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about two measures from the health law that the House GOP will attempt to roll back in votes this week. Republicans want votes on repeal now, Carey says, to make an economic argument ahead of elections (6/5).

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