Peters Hails House Vote to Repeal Medical Device Tax

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Rep. Scott Peters at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Photo courtesy Peters’ office

Rep. Scott Peters hailed a House vote Thursday to replace Obamacare’s tax on medical devices, a levy which has hurt San Diego’s growing medical technology sector.

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The House voted 280-140 to repeal the tax. All members of the San Diego delegation voted for repeal, which was co-sponsored by Peters.

The measure now moves to the Senate where a bipartisan majority supports the repeal effort.

The two-year-old tax was designed to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. It is imposed on complex equipment like artificial hearts and X-ray machines, but not items used by individuals.

Peters and representatives of the medical device industry will hold a press conference in San Diego on Friday to urge the Senate to support the repeal.

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