House votes to repeal ACA's medical device tax

The House voted to repeal a 2.3 percent medical device tax, a provision that both parties have criticized for harming innovation.

The medical device tax was first imposed in January 2013 to help fund the ACA. After harsh criticism from legislators and the medical device industry, Congress passed a two-year suspension of the levy in 2015. While the suspension was set to expire Jan. 1, a stopgap bill signed into law by President Donald Trump Jan. 22, further delayed the medical levy. It was set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The tax applies to products such as pacemakers and artificial joints, not devices directly sold to customers.

The House voted 283-132 to repeal the tax. Critics of the tax said it hinders  job growth and innovation. Supporters of the tax said a repeal will deprive the government of about $20 billion over the next decade, according to The Wall Street Journal.  

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