Thursday’s test vote in the Senate on the onerous, destructive medical device tax –the 2.3% levy on all medical devices from bed-pans to the most sophisticated, integrated medical imaging systems– sent a message to the country that the tax must be repealed because it is an industry and job killer.
Will the House GOP get the same message?
I write about the tax and the opportunity for the House GOP to send a freestanding bill or craft an appropriate rider accomplishing repeal in Monday’s Washington Examiner. But expect the proponents of “comprehensive tax reform” to argue that a specific bill will somehow reduce momentum for their effort, thus allowing a silly “the-good-is-the-enemy-of-the-best” argument slam the open door.
I will devote Monday’s show to this subject and to the need to move in the immediate aftermath of the Senate test vote.
I will be joined in studio by medical device entrepreneurs and investors Robert Grant and Thomas Loarie and by one of my law partbners, Gary Wolensky, a long-time defender of medical device products in the courtroom. We will also be joined by five members of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senators McConnell and Rubio to gauge how real repeal is.
Call your GOP member via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or send a tweet to Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Cantor, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp via Twitter: @SpeakerBoehner, @EricCantor, @RepDaveCamp.
The House won’t return from its Easter recess until April 9, but you can still communicate with the key leaders and members during the next two weeks, and if you happen to be a constituent of theirs –especially if your job in the medical device business– you can call their local office which you can find via www.house.gov.
The GOP Members of the Ways and Means Committee in addition to Chairman Camp:
Sam Johnson, TX* Subcommittee on Health
Kevin Brady, TX* Chair, Subcommittee on Health
Paul Ryan, WI* Subcommittee on Health
Devin Nunes, CA* Subcommittee on Health
Pat Tiberi, OH
Dave G. Reichert, WA
Charles W. Boustany Jr., LA
Peter J. Roskam, IL* Subcommittee on Health
Jim Gerlach, PA* Subcommittee on Health
Tom Price, GA* Subcommittee on Health
Vern Buchanan, FL* Subcommittee on Health
Adrian Smith, NE* Subcommittee on Health
Aaron Schock, IL
Lynn Jenkins, KS
Erik Paulsen, MN
Kenny Marchant, TX
Diane Black, TN
Tom Reed, NY
Todd Young, IN
Mike Kelly, PA
Tim Griffin, AR
Jim Renacci, OH
Focus your efforts first on your own members, then on the members of the key Subcommittee on Health, and then on the entire committee. The tax has to go and the Senate opened the door to having that happen.
Your member’s website and contact form are available around the clock. Identify your member and let your opinion be heard.