WILL NIKI TSONGAS VOTE TO REPEAL THE TAX SHE VOTED TO IMPOSE?
Will Politics or People Come First? Partisanship or Jobs?
Westford, MA– The US House Ways & Means Committee tomorrow is scheduled to address a bill that would repeal the 2.3% excise tax imposed on Medical Device Manufacturers under the job killing healthcare reform law supported by Rep. Niki Tsongas. The tax is set to go into effect next year. Senator Scott Brown has co-sponsored a similar repeal bill for the Senate.
As the medical device tax looms closer, lawmakers and businesses affected by it are speaking out in opposition. Yet Rep. Tsongas, who voted for the Healthcare Reform legislation that included the device tax, has not stated her intentions with regard to the amendment.
Rick Packer, CEO of Zoll Medical, of Chelmsford, which is located in Rep. Tsongas’s district, told a forum in Boston last week about the job loss implications of the tax in the healthcare reform law:
“We will move production offshore, which will mean fewer jobs at Zoll. We will do that because we can lower our cost basis and that lower cost basis will lower the tax. It will mean fewer engineers at Zoll, because we will not be likely able to afford them. It will mean a general hiring freeze over the next 18 months or so while we deal with this tax,” he said. “In the long run, what every company will do is pass the cost along to our customers. The basic profitability of the industry will raise to its normal level, based on competitive issues, not tax levels. We know that that’s going to happen.
“In the long run, you’re going to have the worst case,” Packer said. “You’re going to have permanent job loss and higher cost to the healthcare system. It is clearly not my favorite piece of legislation.”
Jon Golnik, who is running for Congress in what is now the 3rd District, opposed the healthcare reform bill and has been vocal in his opposition to the medical device tax imposed.
“This is not a new issue, it is simply one Rep. Tsongas has yet to address. She voted for a bill that along with all the other damage it will cause the economy would directly impact business and employment in her own district. People need jobs,” Golnik said. “She is being given another opportunity. The vote that will come in the next few weeks in the House will give Representative Tsongas the opportunity to vote to repeal this burdensome tax. The question is, will she? Or, will she stand by what we now know unequivocally is a job-killing tax?”
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Jon Golnik is a candidate for US Congress from the new Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District. His website can be found at JonGolnik.Com