House Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax

The House voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare’s tax on medical devices, setting the stage for a legislative tweak to the contentious health law that could actually make it through Congress.

Forty-six Democrats joined every Republican in the 280-140 vote to scrap the 2.3-percent excise on manufacturers who sell pacemakers, artificial joints and other devices.

Industry groups say the tax stifles innovation and growth, and the GOP-led Congress is happy to roll back the Affordable Care Act where it can.

“The medical device tax is one of the more destructive to the quality of health care,” House Budget Chairman Tom Price, Georgia Republican, said. “It takes resources away from pioneering research and the development of lifesaving treatments, and it raises the cost of medical care.”