Tags: fda | smartphones | tax | medical

GOP Congressmen Worry Smart Phones May Be Taxed Under Obamacare

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 03:19 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Six Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find out if smartphones, tablets, and apps will be subject to taxation as medical devices under the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare includes an excise tax on medical devices.

If that was applied to apps and smartphones, it could "affect the growth and innovation in this market," the six, led by committee chairman Fred Upton, wrote.

"Has the FDA discussed, prepared, or analyzed the effect of the medical device tax on smartphones (as well as tablets or similar devices) or the creators or distributors of applications for those products?" the legislators asked in their letter.

The letter says the FDA's draft proposal to regulate mobile medical devices would involve only devices explicitly marketed for medical uses. So smartphones used to run medical apps wouldn’t be classified as a medical device.

But, "we are concerned about the potential of 'actual use' becoming a factor in the future," the congressmen wrote.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Texas Executes Woman Who Starved Girlfriend's 9-Year-Old Son

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 07:42 AM

A woman who, together with her girlfriend, starved a 9-year-old boy to death was executed Wednesday by Texas authorities . . .

Apple's New Operating System Locks Out Police

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 06:50 AM

Apple has engineered its new iOS 8 operating system with encryption that makes smartphone or tablet data nearly inaccess . . .

Iowa Democrats Say There's Room for a Non-Clinton

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 06:29 AM

Not every Iowa Democrat is cheering for Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president. Some have a gnawing desire for some . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved