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Long, House Vote to Repeal Obamacare Tax, Review Panel

Washington, DC, June 23, 2015

U.S. Representative Billy Long voted with the House of Representatives to pass two bills repealing select Obamacare provisions.

     H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 would repeal Obamacare’s 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices.  H.R. 1190, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015 would repeal the Obamacare-established Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) for Medicare service.  IPAB is a 15-member committee tasked to restructure and prioritize Medicare program spending as more than $700 billion in cuts are made over a decade to offset Obamacare costs.

     “The votes taken were steps to make sure American medical advancements do not cease at the hands of government.  A specific tax for medical devices, such as MRI machines and defibrillators, used to diagnose and treat illnesses defies common sense and slams the very idea of promoting Americans wellbeing.  Not only did the House vote to end this onerous tax and return medical ingenuity to full steam, but it also voted to put an end to the board of faceless, unelected bureaucrats deciding payments and influencing outcomes for Medicare patients.  My concern with IPAB is that it would lead to prioritizing treatments of our seniors based on general, probable outcomes of treatments.  Neither of these policies holds true to the classic American principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and I am proud to vote to strike them from the books.”

     The Protect Medical Innovation Act passed last Thursday (6/18), 280-140.  The Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act also passed Tuesday (6/23) with bipartisan House approval, 244-154.