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House panel votes to repeal health law’s medical-device tax
Modern Healthcare

A Republican-run House committee voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3% tax on many medical devices that helps pay for President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul.

The Ways and Means Committee’s mostly party-line 25-14 vote came with Republicans complaining that the levy costs jobs and stifles innovation.

“It’s like putting sandbags on the wings of the Wright Brothers as they try to figure out how to fly an airplane,” said Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa.