Earlier this week Welch Allyn, a global medical device and solutions company headquartered in Skaneateles, New York, announced that it would lay off 275 employees, or 10 percent of its workforce over the next three years. The layoffs come as a direct result of the new 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices that was instituted by President Obama's healthcare law. In light of Welch Allyn's restructuring plan, Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), whose Upstate New York District includes Skaneateles, sent a letter to President Obama calling for action.
"As a result of the medical device tax 275 people at Welch Allyn will be losing their job; 120 of which are from my district. During these challenging economic times the government should be implementing policies that help the economy grow jobs and keep American workers employed. The medical device tax is an egregious, misguided policy that damages the Upstate New York economy and negatively affects our local community.
"This job-killing tax must be repealed. In June of this year the House passed H.R. 436, on a bipartisan basis, to repeal the medical device tax. However, the Senate has failed to take up the bill for consideration. I urge the Senate, and the President, to do the right thing on behalf of small businesses and join the House in repealing this onerous tax."