Republicans Open Second Front to Repeal Device Tax With Budget
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
While two bills are already under consideration in the current Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent medical device tax instituted as part of the Affordable Care Act, GOP lawmakers have proposed budgets that would repeal the excise tax.
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