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The Citizen - U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle Writes Letter to President Obama, Calls for Repeal of Medical Device Tax

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By Robert Harding

The Affordable Care Act's medical device tax is getting plenty of attention in central New York this week.

Skaneateles Falls-based Welch Allyn announced their global restructuring program this week. As part of the restructuring, the company will cut 10 percent of its workforce over the next three years.

U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, who represents the Skaneateles area in Congress, has opposed the Affordable Care Act and has co-sponsored legislation that would repeal the medical device tax.

On Thursday, Buerkle wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to support medical device tax repeal efforts.

"This job-killing tax must be repealed.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," Buerkle wrote. "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."

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