GOP leaders nix medical device tax delay
House GOP leaders have stripped a two-year delay of the medical device tax from their proposal to end the government shutdown and pass a new debt ceiling increase, GOP members and aides confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
The delaying measure, while popular, proved a stumbling block in negotiations because it is part of President Obama’s signature health-care law — a line the White House and Democrats did not want to cross in the current negotiations.
The Affordable Care Act is funded in part by the medical device tax.
The scrapping of the medical device tax delay was first reported by National Review’s Robert Costa.
Jackie Kucinich contributed to this post.