Bipartisan support key in repealing device tax

03/20/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Medical-device companies are educating key Democrats to build support to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax that took effect in January. Events organized by trade groups such as AdvaMed, as well as company tours and a letter circulated among Senate Democrats last year, have helped the cause gain bipartisan support. Minnesota's senators have been talking with President Barack Obama to soften his stance as well. "I think that there has been some renewed understanding on the president's part," said Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

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