GOP Close to Repeal of Medical Device Tax: Will Elimination of this Key Funding Also Eliminate the Affordable Care Act?

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M, Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Health Law

00011_RT8With the support of Democrats, Congressional Republicans may be close to getting the votes they want to push President Obama to accept a repeal of the medical device tax, which helps fund the Affordable Care Act. Some Republican candidates for president are pushing for change in the Senate’s filibuster rules so they can repeal the law. Click here for more info on the Medical Device Tax.

Congressional Republicans Want Repeal of Medical Device Tax to Eliminate ACA.

Congressional Republicans believe that the repeal of the tax on medical devices is the best way to weaken the Affordable Care Act. The House already voted to repeal the tax. The Senate Republicans are now also trying to undo the tax. With many Democrats also opposing the tax, lawmakers think they are getting closer to the ideal number of votes needed to override a presidential veto.

Obama Able to Veto GOP’s Changes.

With last year’s Supreme Court approval of the statute’s federal subsidies, millions of Americans have been able to afford health care for the first time. However, this seemed to crush the GOP’s plan to force President Obama’s health law out. House Republicans see a repeal of the medical devices tax as a roundabout way of repealing the ACA.

Click here to see what Hillary Clinton recently said about the GOP’s mission to repeal Obamacare.

New Fissures Being Made for 2016 Presidential Primary.

The Senate is creating new fissures for the 2016 election: Candidates outside of Washington are trying to terminate the filibuster to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, GOP senators are pursuing the White House, wanting to keep the 60-vote threshold.

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Comments?

Are you a Democrat who opposes the Affordable Care Act? What do you think of the GOP’s plan to weaken the ACA? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

Associated Press. “Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare: Democratic candidate speaks in Hanover.” (July 4, 2015). From: http://www.wmur.com/politics/clinton-warns-gop-will-repeal-obamacare/33986414

Kaiser Health News. “GOP Eyes Medical Device Tax, Change To Filibuster Rules To Fight Health Law.” (July 1, 2015). From: http://khn.org/morning-breakout/gop-eyes-medical-device-tax-change-to-filibuster-rules-to-fight-health-law/

ObamaCare Facts. “ObamaCare Medical Device Tax.” From: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-medical-device-tax/

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

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