Paulsen takes another run at repealing the medical device tax

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), facing a tough re-election campaign, is taking yet another run at repealing the medical device tax.


Althought the 2.3% levy on prescribed medical devices was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it didn’t go into effect until 2012 and was mothballed two years later; that moratorium, extended earlier this year, is slated to end in 2020.


Paulsen, who filed his first bill to repeal the tax back in 2010, introduced his latest repeal bid in January 2017. The bill, H.R. 184, or the “Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017,” aims to “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.” The bill has 269 co-sponsors, including 43 Democrats.

Citing “sources familiar with the plan,” The Hill reported yesterday that the U.S. House of Representatives could vote on the Paulsen bill as early as this month … read more