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Medical Device Tax: New Confidence in Repeal Following Symbolic Senate Vote

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:21pm
Mass Device

Opponents of the medical device tax aim to leverage a largely symbolic Senate vote to generate momentum toward repeal.

When the Senate voted this month to repeal the medical device tax, they did so in a non-binding manner that was more symbolic than practical, but the move may provide opponents of the tax a new boost in rallying support for repeal.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Senator Scott Brown separately called for a "real" vote in the upper house, in part to leverage the momentum of the recent decision, but also to put pressure on the 33 Democrats who cast their votes for repeal when the stakes were low.

"79 members of the United States Senate, including some very liberal Democrats like Elizabeth Warren, actually voted to repeal the medical device tax," McConnell said in a radio interview this week on the Hugh Hewitt program. "When we come back to it on a bill that can actually become law, it's going to be very difficult for them to explain why they voted to repeal it on one occasion and don't vote to repeal it on another."

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