Congresswoman pushes for permanent repeal of medical device tax

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, held a news conference Aug. 13 to call for Congress to permanently repeal the medical device tax. The House passed a bill to repeal the tax back in July, but the Senate has yet to take action.  

Love’s press conference was held at the headquarters of Merit Medical in South Jordan, Utah.  

“This is not just about trying to preserve the industry,” Love said during the press conference, as reported by Fox 13 in Salt Lake City. “It really is about looking no further than our neighbors and the people that work here and those that are doing everything they possibly can to feed their families and grow and thrive.”

Industry groups such as the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and Advanced Medical Technology Association have also issued statements in support of the tax being permanently repealed.  

Love has been active this year promoting causes related to the medical imaging industry. In May, for example, she hosted a briefing session with the Society of Interventional Radiology that focused in the importance of interventional radiology. Three radiologists—Theresa M. Caridi, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Arshad A. Khan, MD, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and Venu Vadlamudi, MD, Association of Alexandria Radiologists and Inova Alexandria Hospital—participated. That event was held in part to promote Love’s legislation, the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act (HR 1167).