An Illinois Republican congressman says repealing a medical sales tax would keep healthcare costs low. The 2.3 percent tax on medical devices was expected to raise $20 billion over the next decade to pay for the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) says repealing the tax it won’t hurt the health care plan.
“It’s actually a very small piece of revenue for the health care law,” Schock says.
The tax won’t apply to devices generally sold straight to consumers, but will apply to devices used by physicians and hospitals.
Opponents say the effort to repeal the tax is an attempt to chip away at the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a written statement the repeal would cut subsidies for thousands of lower- to middle-income families.
“We shouldn’t put corporate special interests ahead of the health and wellness of working families,” Durbin said.
Schock says he isn’t sure if the Democrat-controlled Senate will call the proposal for a vote.
The Supreme Court will decide if the health care law is constitutional sometime this month.