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Hartzler, House Give Booster Shot to Medical Innovation, Seniors’ Pocketbooks

June 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and the House today voted to repeal Obamacare’s 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, freeing patients from the added costs in insurance premiums and device prices. 

“In order to make sure that Americans have access to the best care in the world, we shouldn’t impose taxes that will stifle innovation and research,” Hartzler said.  “The Affordable Care Act, which implemented this tax, continues to show how unaffordable it really is.  Because of this tax, medical device manufacturers have already had to lay people off, put a hold on hiring, and raise the price of their devices.”

“This goes beyond job loss,” Hartzler added.  “People with health issues will see more costs and less chance of treatment or cures.  Companies won’t be able to continue their research and development efforts, leading to less innovation and solutions.  Medical innovation leads to new detection methods, new treatments, and new cures.  Americans rely on the development and introduction of new, life-saving medical devices to keep them alive.  We should be unleashing innovators so people can spend more time at work or with their families rather than worrying about the cost or lack of treatment.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves on the house Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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