Device Tax Repeal Previews Fight Over Health Law Deals

Law360, New York (June 7, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to repeal a $29 billion excise tax on medical devices, in a fight over honoring the deals made to pass the health care law that will likely intensify if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the law's individual mandate.

In a 270-146 vote, 37 Democrats joined House Republicans in voting to repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax. Opponents of the tax claimed it unfairly singled out the device industry and would lead to massive job cuts.

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