Medical device tax needs to finally go

Congress, support American patients and jobs by repealing the medical device tax. 

As a patient living with Stage IV cancer for the past four years, scans play a vital role in my survival. All my treatment plans are decided based on imaging technology. I was excited to travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Right Scan Right Time, a patient and survivor community network. Representing states across the country, we came to discuss the imaging impact of the medical device tax with leaders on Capitol Hill. 

By imposing a 2.3% tax on medicine’s most critical tools, the device tax creates access and affordability issues for everyone who has ever received an X-Ray, CAT scan, pacemaker, or any other type of medical scan or device. 

While Congress has addressed the medical device tax by voting to suspend it several times, the temporary suspensions are not enough. The looming tax makes it difficult for companies to invest in innovation and drives up medical care costs for all Americans. 

I want to compliment Senator Richard Blumenthal for his support to repeal the medical device tax this year as well as urge Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Joe Courtney to vote to repeal the medical device tax and finally address this issue once and for all.

Jennifer Fake

Mystic

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