Rep. Perales Announces Passage Of Resolution Urging Repeal Of Federal Excise Tax
Tax on medical devices would kill jobs, hurt businesses, and deter innovation
April 24, 2013
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State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 6, which urges Congress and President Barack Obama to repeal the new medical device tax that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“The medical device tax carries serious implications for the medical industry and for the consumers therein,” Rep. Perales said. “In my district their could be possible repercussions because the medical devices purchased by hospitals such as Soin Medical Center will see an increase and thus will have to pass that on down to the consumer.

“The positive impacts this Medical Center has had on the Beavercreek and surrounding areas has been tremendous,” he said. “I supported this resolution to make sure the medical industry in my district has a voice and that the consumers, my constituents, are protected from unnecessary taxes.”

The 2.3 percent federal excise tax is levied on the sale of taxable medical devices by manufacturers, producers and importers of such devices. A study by the Manhattan Institute concluded that the medical device tax will almost double the medical device industry’s total tax bill and could result in the loss of up to 43,000 jobs in the medical technology industry. Additionally, because the tax is imposed on sales rather than profits of medical device manufacturers, the tax will be particularly damaging to startup companies.

According to the Advanced Medical Technology Association, medical technology creates more than two million jobs directly and indirectly all over the United States. BioOhio, the state bioscience industry association, reported that Ohio medical device and equipment manufacturers employ more than 22,000 workers throughout the state, and another 5,000 to 7,000 Ohioans are employed by companies that provide critical services such as product design, testing and clinical trial consulting to these manufacturers.

The medical device tax has the potential to harm the United States’ global competitiveness, stunt medical innovation and restrict the ability of patients to receive the life-saving medical devices and care they need.

H.C.R. 6 passed by a vote of 76-19.

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