Senator Scott Brown continues his fight against health care reform today at a medical industry conference by reiterating his commitment to killing a medical device tax provision in the law, according to trade publication Mass Device.
"I'm still on it. We're working on it daily. This isn't over, OK? The health care bill and its implementation and the way it affects your industry is not over," said Brown in opening remarks at the annual Medtech Investors Conference, an event held by the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council. His previous effort to block the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices failed in the Senate.
"Massachusetts has more than 200 medical device manufacturers who employ tens of thousands of workers," said Brown in a March 30 Globe op-ed. "The medical device tax will not only cost our state good-paying jobs when we can least afford it, but it will be passed along to consumers, who will pay more for necessary medical equipment."
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