Democrat Senators are suddenly realizing that at least part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill will cut jobs.
Now 15 of them — plus independent Joe Lieberman and two Democrats who will join the Upper Chamber in January — have sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to delay the imposition of a tax on mechanical devices.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, one of the letter’s signatories, called the 2.3 percent surcharge “a job-killing tax,” which will impair American competitiveness, according to the Washington Examiner
“The medical technology industry directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of two million skilled manufacturing jobs,” the senators, who were joined by Sens.-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, wrote.
“We must do all we can to ensure that our country maintains its global leadership position in the medical technology industry and keeps good jobs here at home.”
Franken said he wanted to abolish the medical device tax altogether. “But I am concerned that we are running out of time before this job-killing tax goes into effect. So, for now, the best thing to do to ensure that this important industry continues to create jobs and producing life-saving devices is to delay this unwise tax."
In the letter, the senators pointed out that the medical technology industry employs more than 400,000 people and “is responsible” for some two million high-skilled manufacturing jobs.
“In an environment focused on increasing exports, promoting small businesses, and growing high-tech manufacturing jobs for the future, we must do all we can to ensure that our country maintains its global leadership position in the medical technology industry and keeps good jobs here at home,” they wrote.
The tax on medical devices is supposed to help fund Obamacare. All 16 of the senators voted for the Affordable Care Act, as did Donnelly who was a member of the House at the time, the Examiner reports. Warren did not hold elective office at the time the Bill was being considered.
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