Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) asks President Barack Obama to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax that's set to go into effect in January.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A congresswoman from upstate New York is asking President Barack Obama to repeal the medical device tax that's now just 3½ months away.
Prompted by local medical device company Welch Allyn's decision to cut 10% of its workforce because of the 2.3% sales tax, Buerkle urged Obama to work with Senate leaders to enact a repeal bill the House approved this year.
Welch Allyn said Sept. 10 that it plans to shed 275 of its 2,750 positions worldwide  to compensate for the impending levy. The tax, part of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, is slated to go into effect in January 2013. It applies to all U.S. sales of medical devices.