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99.3 WSCH: Congressman Wants To Permanently Repeal Medical Device

(Washington, D.C.) – Southeastern Indiana Congressman Luke Messer is pushing for a permanent repeal of the tax on medical device sales introduced with Obamacare.

The Indiana 6th District Republican wants the device tax repeal to be included in the upcoming government funding bill, which may be considered by Congress later this month.

In 2015, Congress approved a two-year delay in the implementation of the 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales. However, the tax has now gone into effect.

Messer said Wednesday the tax harms Hoosiers medical equipment companies.

“Obamacare’s medical device tax is bad for Hoosiers and must be repealed,” Messer said. “This tax halts innovation, prevents expansion and freezes hiring in Warsaw, Bloomington, Mishawaka, Indianapolis and other Hoosier communities. It’s time we provide certainty in the marketplace, or risk having these jobs shipped overseas.”

Medical device companies employ roughly 16,000 people in Indiana, second in the nation only to California. Manufacturing companies in Indiana include Hill-Rom, the Chicago-based company with operations in Batesville. Hill-Rom has previously cite the device tax in decisions to layoff workers.