Conservative Groups Ask Congress to Block Return of Medical Device Tax

August 24, 2017

Congress should permanently wipe out the suspended Affordable Care Act tax on medical devices scheduled to resume Jan. 1, a coalition of conservative groups said in a letter to House and Senate leaders.

The letter, signed by the representatives of 36 groups, led by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, said the tax impairs the industry’s ability to “innovate, invest, and create jobs.”

The tax applies to medical devices such as X-ray equipment, MRI machines, surgical instruments and pacemakers, but not to products such as eyeglasses, hearing aids and wheelchairs typically retailed to individual consumers.

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