Why Is The Medical Device Tax Taking Center Stage?

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Moderate Republican lawmakers say they have found a way to end the government shutdown — a proposal they say President Obama will agree to.

The bill would fund the government for another year, while also taking aim at the Affordable Care Act by repealing the medical device tax that helps pay for health care reform.

Noam Levey, national health care reporter for the Los Angeles Times, tells Here & Now that most of the major medical device manufacturers are in states where Democrats are in power.

"Democrats have joined Republicans to support efforts to repeal this tax," he says.


This segment aired on October 4, 2013.


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