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A look at how the retirement of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) could affect efforts to repeal the medical device tax.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the medical device tax

It's unlikely that his waning days as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee will see Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) having a "Come-to-Jesus" moment on the medical device tax, but his retirement does change the game on repealing the levy.

The Affordable Care Act (and the 2.3% excise tax on U.S. medical device sales created to help finance it) is the 6-term lawmaker's crowning achievement, one he has promised to end his career as a lawmaker fighting for.

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