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Medical Device Tax: The road to 60 repeal votes

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 4:26pm
Mass Device

MassDevice.com assesses the chance that the U.S. Senate will vote to repeal the medical device tax.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld healthcare reform, hopes for a repeal of the medical device tax contained in the law rest with the U.S. Senate and a bill sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to do away with the 2.3% levy.

As the 112th Congress winds to a close and a game-changing election looms on the horizon, MassDevice.com took stock of the 100 upper chamber legislators and how they're likely to vote on the Hatch bill, S.17, the "Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act."

Assuming 100% buy-in from his 47 Republican colleagues (a safe bet in this hyper-partisan era) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who's ideologically in-line with the GOP on the issue, there are 17 other Dems who could be persuaded to cross the aisle.

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