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Device Makers, Other Groups Pressing Congress To Use Tax Reform To Cut ACA’s Taxes

Some groups are launching ad campaigns as part of their efforts. But while some senators seem to favor the idea, key members of the House say the best way to get "the Obamacare taxes out of the economy is through health care reform legislation."

The Hill: Medical Device Group Launches Ad Campaign To Repeal Tax
The trade group for medical device companies is launching a new advertising campaign to push lawmakers to repeal ObamaCare’s tax on medical devices. The effort comes on the heels of Congress’s failure to pass repeal of the healthcare law and as various industries are now looking for other avenues, besides full ObamaCare repeal, to abolish particular taxes in the law. (Sullivan, 8/9)

Roll Call: Lobbyists Push GOP To Repeal Obamacare Fees In Tax Overhaul
The Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law may have stalled, but lobbyists are pushing the GOP to continue to target the provisions the industry most despises: the law’s taxes. House and Senate Republicans hope to push forward on a tax overhaul when Congress returns in September, an item they previously delayed in favor of health care. Repealing the 2010 health care law and its corresponding taxes would have helped simplify the GOP’s upcoming work, but those hopes were deflated when the Senate did not pass a repeal bill last month. (Clason, 8/10)

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