U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today praised the passage of H.R.436, the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012 in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R.436 repeals the $29 billion excise tax on medical devices which was included in ObamaCare. Today's vote marks the 30th time the House has worked on repealing parts of or all of ObamaCare. As a result of ObamaCare, beginning in 2013, a 2.3 percent excise tax will be imposed on the sale of medical devices by manufacturers or importers. The medical device tax will increase the effective tax rate for many medical device companies, and as a result of this looming tax hike the price of medical devices is expected to dramatically increase, resulting in a loss of jobs in the medical device industry, cuts to medical device research and development, and an increase in health care costs.
"This onerous new tax on our medical device businesses is projected by an industry study to cause the loss of up to 43,000 American jobs. This new tax would hurt our manufacturers and importers of medical device products, impacting every state as well as increase the cost of medical devices for health care providers and consumers," Miller said. "It makes no sense to place this undue burden and stifle these job creators that make heart monitors, pacemakers, and defibrillators among many other needed health devices and which make up a significant portion of those who help bolster our struggling economy."
"Michigan has a number of medical device firms that provide high-paying jobs Michiganians rely on. This new tax will decrease their profits, affect their ability to invest in new, innovative products and make them less likely to hire new employees. The federal government must repeal this burdensome tax before it takes effect and start focusing on real job growth measures. I was proud to join with my colleagues to pass this important bill," said Miller.