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Boehner Column: Repealing ObamaCare's Medical Device Tax Protects Ohio Jobs


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the House-passed legislation to repeal the medical device tax, marking the 30th vote to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare:

"As we have seen over the course of the last two years, President Obama's policies aren't working. In fact, laws like ObamaCare -- with its mandates, penalties, and tax hikes -- are raising health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. One of these new job-crushing taxes, the medical device tax, could put thousands of Ohio jobs at risk.

"According to industry officials in a Dayton Business Journal article, ObamaCare's 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device products could "eliminate as many as 43,000 jobs, including some possibly in Ohio where more than 35,300 workers are employed within the medical technology industry.' In fact, this tax would not only hurt job creation throughout the state, jobs in the Eighth District (ArtiCure Inc. is headquartered in West Chester) could be negatively affected.

"On June 7, a bipartisan majority of the House took action against this new tax by voting to pass the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 436). This legislation fully repeals ObamaCare's medical device tax, saving jobs and supporting medical innovation. In addition, this bill institutes common-sense reforms to help reduce health care costs for families and allow them to keep more of their hard-earned dollars.

"Including our vote to repeal the medical device tax, the House has now voted 30 times to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare. Unfortunately, the Democratic-controlled Senate continues to block the majority of those bills.

"In the coming weeks, the United States Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the president's health care law. While I am hopeful that the legislation will be ruled unconstitutional, if the Supreme Court does not throw out the entire law, we will repeal what's left of it. Make no mistake; House Republicans are committed to fully repealing all of the harmful policies -- the mandates, penalties, and tax hikes -- in ObamaCare.

"The president's health care law was supposed to lower health care costs and create jobs, instead it has hindered job growth and raised costs for American families. As the Columbus Dispatch recently editorialized, the "free' services provided by ObamaCare are not so free. The Dispatch notes that the "$500 billion in new taxes that make up the funding mechanism for these "freebies' is already killing jobs and hurting U.S. businesses. . .The jobs lost [in Ohio] and elsewhere are the true cost of the "free' health care.' This is a cost Ohioans cannot afford and Republicans are unwilling to accept.

"The House is focused on helping the economy create jobs by breaking down government barriers, including the president's failed policies that hinder growth. Whether it is repealing ObamaCare, stopping small business tax hikes, eliminating excessive regulations, or curbing out-of-control government spending, we are going to continue to pass pro-growth legislation and stay focused in our fight for American jobs."

Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

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