medical device tax

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is touting a couple provisions he helped get into a federal spending deal expected to pass Congress this week.

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Several of Indiana’s Congressional Representatives are once again co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal the Medical Device Tax.

Several Indiana companies have been pushing for a repeal of the tax that took effect in 2013.

Congress passed a two-year suspension of the 2.3 percent excise tax at the end of 2015.

But Indiana medical device manufacturers are still operating with a level of uncertainty about what will happen beyond that.

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Leaders from Indiana’s medical device industry and both of the state’s U.S. Senators hailed Congress’ passage Friday of a more than trillion-dollar spending bill, a measure that temporarily halts a controversial medical device tax.

Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats have long criticized the medical device tax created by the Affordable Care Act, calling for its repeal.  The omnibus spending measure approved by Congress suspends the tax for two years. 

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The House has again voted to repeal the medical device tax included in the federal health care law -- but Indiana manufacturers insist this time, it might stick.

The Senate is considering repeal of the 2.3-percent tax under a rule which prohibits a filibuster. That makes the bill likely to reach President Obama's desk for the first time.

The White House has already threatened a veto, but Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council president Denis Johnson maintains there's reason to believe Obama might reconsider.

Governor Mike Pence expressed frustration with the federal government shutdown Friday, calling on the president and congressional leaders to find common ground. 

Earlier this week, Pence made remarks that seemingly indicated he thought the government shutdown was worthwhile.  On Friday, the governor said he was speaking broadly about efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act and that he’s disappointed in the shutdown.  He also called out the Obama administration, saying the president needs to take the lead in working out a deal in Congress.