US House votes to repeal tax on medical devices

The US House of Representatives ignored a White House veto threat and voted Thursday to repeal a tax on medical devices, an element of President Barack Obama's health care law which Republicans say kills jobs and hinders innovation.

Lawmakers in the Republican-led chamber voted 270-146 to repeal the 2.3-percent tax, which is set to take effect in January and hit sales of devices such as pacemakers and machines used in hospitals.

Most Democrats and the White House oppose the move as a political gimmick aimed at luring voters in the heat of an election year, and the measure has little chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats are in control.

Mitt Romney, Obama's Republican rival in the presidential election in November, said he was "encouraged that the House has done the right thing" by repealing the tax.

"With unemployment stuck over eight percent for 40 months, we can't afford policies that kill jobs and stifle innovation in one of America's most dynamic industries."

Romney has consistently pledged to repeal the , what he and others calls "Obamacare," on day one of his presidency if he is elected.

Democrats argue that the repeal will cost the government $29 billion, and Senator Carl Levin slammed the vote as a "pernicious" effort to dismantle and avoid action on key jobs-creating legislation, including a languishing highway construction bill, while Obama seeks re-election.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

House votes to repeal part of Obama health care law

Mar 22, 2012

The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a key measure of US President Barack Obama's health care reform, a symbolic move on the historic law's second anniversary.

US Senate beats back Obama health law repeal bid

Feb 03, 2011

President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the US Senate defeated Wednesday a Republican push to repeal his landmark health care overhaul, likely leaving its fate in the hands of the courts.

Supreme Court to reignite US health care debate

Mar 23, 2012

History may judge Barack Obama's health care plan either as the anchor of a legacy of reform, or an emblem of a presidency born in high ambition but dragged down by political reality.

US Congress passes 'fixes' to landmark health law

Mar 26, 2010

The US Congress on Thursday put the final touches on President Barack Obama's historic health overhaul, passing a set of technical changes to the legislation that will define his political legacy.

Recommended for you

With kids in school, parents can work out

8 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Back-to-school time provides an opportunity for parents to develop an exercise plan that fits into the family schedules, an expert suggests.

Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

12 hours ago

The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance ...

Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink

12 hours ago

Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That's the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University ...

User comments