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Long Supports Repeal of Health Care Device Tax; Marks 30th Vote to Repeal or Defund Health Care Law

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Billy Long voted in favor of the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012.

"Thanks to numerous taxes and unconstitutional mandates, the president's health care law is driving up health care costs instead of lowering costs like he promised. This terrible law is taking health care decisions out of the hands of patients and doctors and instead placing them with government bureaucrats," Long said. "My House colleagues and I will continue to work on repealing this awful law and craft better solutions that keep the federal government out of your health care."

The Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012 repeals the burdensome 2.3 percent medical device excise tax and protects jobs in the medical device industry. Beginning in 2013 the president's health care law imposes a 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices, which will not only increase health care costs for consumers, but will also result in significant job-loss in the medical device industry. Currently more than 400,000 people in the U.S. are employed in the medical device industry. An industry study estimates as many as 43,000 jobs could be lost due to this onerous tax.

Today's vote on the Health Care Cost Reduction Act marksthe 30thtime that Long has voted to repeal or defund part or all of the president's healthcare law, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010, after it was forced through Congress by Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

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