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Don't panic, there's plenty of room for optimism in the fight to repeal the medical device tax.

The medical device industry came damn close to getting the medical device tax knocked out of existence in this latest round of budget brinksmanship in Washington.

Close may only count with horseshoes and hand grenades, but there's still room for optimism for supporters of repealing the 2.3% medtech levy – however disappointing it may be to members of the medical device community that no repeal or delay was included in the bipartisan Senate deal to re-open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.

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