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Continued: Push to kill medical device tax is seen as way out of shutdown

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 2, 2013 - 10:14 PM

While Franken and Klobuchar have vowed to get the repeal through the Senate, they differ on a key sticking point: how to make up for the revenue.

Last year’s House-passed bill would have offset the lost taxes by shrinking insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income workers under the health care law. Franken said the GOP plan would undermine the goal of affordable health care.

Klobuchar said Wednesday that she is committed to repealing the medical device tax. However, she said, “the president has made clear that he will not accept changes to the Affordable Care Act as a condition for opening the government.” That doesn’t prevent a repeal in future negotiations, she said, adding that “the best way to get there is for the House to take up the Senate bill to reopen the government so we can have those negotiations.

Paulsen said House members are working on new revenue measures. “It’s definitely something that’s being conducted by rank-and-file members looking for a way out and a solution with bipartisan support,” he said.

Even if enough Democrats come on board, Paulsen’s greatest challenge may be convincing other Republicans.

“I would call it a win,” Paulsen said. “It would be a major accomplishment that helps the economy.”

 

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