Repealing ObamaCare’s controversial medical device tax will be a top priority for the new GOP-controlled Congress, as Republicans and industry groups look to take their biggest legislative bite yet out of the president’s signature healthcare law.
The repeal, which was described by one GOP Senate staffer as the “low-hanging fruit” of the healthcare law, has been at the center of a yearslong, $200 million industry lobbying campaign that was largely brushed aside by the Senate’s previous, Democratic leadership.
Lobbyists believe their long-awaited victory is within reach for the first time under the direction of incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has called the tax “the single worst piece of legislation passed in the last half century.”
Once a non-issue in ObamaCare debates on Capitol Hill, the repeal of the medical device tax now has near universal backing from Republicans and support from a growing number of Democrats.
Liberal-minded lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) — both of whom represent device-heavy states — have expressed support for repeal. Both lawmakers’ offices, however, declined to comment on their positions ahead of a potential vote.