Ellmers backs medical device tax repeal

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) spent time during her August recess promoting a bill she cosponsored in February, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013.

The proposed bill would repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical innovation that is included in the Affordable Care Act.

Ellmers said a recent visit to the Siemens Healthcare facility in her district highlighted the need for an immediate repeal of the tax.

“The men and women of Siemens are producing cutting-edge technology and innovations which are making healthcare treatments and procedures easier and more cost-effective for millions of Americans and their families while also providing enormous economic value to the second district and North Carolina,” Ellmers said.

The medical device tax, however, prevents investments in new technologies, according to Ellmers.

Taxes are estimated to increase on device manufactures by more than $25 billion between 2013 and 2022. Ellmers said patients would eventually cover the cost since medical tools and services will become more expensive.

“In fact, instead of increasing affordability and protecting access to care for all Americans, this tax further widens the gap between those who can pay for quality care and those who cannot,” a press release from Ellmers’ office said.

The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013 was referred to the Ways and Means Committee. It is sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and has 260 cosponsors in the House.