Tea Party may have hurt chances for device tax repeal

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 21, 2013 - 4:29 PM

WASHINGTON – Business and political leaders trying to repeal the medical device tax connected to national health care reform hope to build on the publicity the tax received during the recent government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis.

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beachbug1Oct. 19, 13 3:59 PM

The Tax was brought up for a vote and both Ellison and Sen Klobuchar voted against the GOP House Bill it was in. They are not telling the truth and march in lockstep with what the Pres tell them to do, not what is best for MN businesses! I hope all the business moves to China! Would be justice for Tax and Spend radical Democrats.

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psc56stribOct. 19, 1310:23 PM

Why can't journalists do basic math? $120M of $16.6B is not "less than one-tenth of 1 percent of its $16.6 billion in net sales"

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wallyworldmnOct. 20, 1312:21 AM

The tea party embracing the repeal of the medical device tax is a setback for that effort but maybe the effect will not be long lasting. Getting an endorsement from a group viewed as extreme is certainly not welcome. Kind of like most republicans that wanted nothing to do with George Bush in the last election. You don't advance your cause by being associated with failure.

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honeybooOct. 20, 1312:51 AM

Why doesn't the Star Tribune publish the names of MN legislators that voted to enact the device tax in the FIRST PLACE? Oh wait, I remember - trying to blame the Tea Party is easier than naming Klobuchar, Franken, McCollum, Walz, Ellison, Peterson and Nowlan.

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Truckman182Oct. 20, 13 1:18 AM

Amy, Al and Keith are rubber stamps for Obama. They vote right down party lines. They could care less about the medical device tax and how it effects Minnesota.

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herby2013Oct. 20, 13 4:12 AM

Democrat Senators from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken were the two leading the effort to repeal the medical device industry revenue tax, not the "tea party". They launched their campaign to abolish the tax days after Klobuchar was re-elected last November. Why do you think she waited until after she was re-elected to fight to repeal a tax she voted for and helped make law? Hmmm? See the article "Klobuchar and Franken fight planned tax on medical devices" on StarTribune.com dated Dec. 10, 2012 for more details.

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mvidmarOct. 20, 13 6:08 AM

Klobuchar, Franken, and Ellison can send a few "anti-medical device tax" sound bytes to Minnesotans but they have no intentions to repel it. Over the last few weeks did you here a peep from any of them? The Affordable Care Act, what a debacle.

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bluedevil101Oct. 20, 13 8:29 AM

If Al and Amy were leading the charge to oppose it, why did they vote yes in the first place? The Democrats control the Senate and the White House. They can repeal it at any time. Why is there a delay?

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aarghmebuckoOct. 20, 13 8:32 AM

The reality is that Americans get grossly overcharged for their medical devices compared to other countries. The companies make excessive profit on what is essentially a life/death necessity. I do not see how a 1% tax is a burden on the company, especially since they will just pass it on to the consumer.

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swmnguyOct. 20, 13 9:08 AM

I'm in business. I have to pay taxes. I don't see why Medtronic should get special treatment.

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