One Industry's Hold on the Senate - NYTimes.comQuicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
|"Ever since Congress included a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices in President Obama's health care reform law in 2009, there has been a forceful and well-financed campaign to repeal the tax -- waged, naturally, by the medical device industry. It has donated generously to lawmakers and candidates, taken them on tours of their plants and spent tens of millions in lobbying.The effort is paying off. Last month, the Senate voted 79 to 20 to repeal the tax, even though the money is crucial to providing health coverage to the uninsured.... as long as the industry is willing to open its checkbook, it will always find lawmakers willing to do its bidding."|
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