Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 160 – the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 – legislation she cosponsored to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on medical device manufacturers. In March, Congresswoman Stefanik led a letter from a bipartisan group of 43 freshman lawmakers to Speaker John Boehner calling for a vote to repeal this tax.
“This is an extremely important issue for our district, especially in Warren County, home of what is called ‘catheter valley’ because of the numerous catheter manufacturers,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This bipartisan legislation would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s onerous medical device tax that is limiting access to the healthcare devices that North Country families need and undermining the medical device industry that is so important to our local economy. Furthermore, repealing this legislation would help these important small businesses create jobs for North Country families and protect employees who are currently at risk from this job killing tax. I commend the House for passing this important legislation today and call on the Senate to act swiftly to send this to the President’s desk.”
The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 passed out of the House by a vote of 280-140.