Scott Walker

 

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, signed a 2012 letter with four other governors expressing concern over the 2.3% medical device excise tax to Congress. “As governors from states with a significant concentration of medical technology manufacturers, we believe this tax could harm U.S. global competitiveness, stunt innovation, and result in the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs,” it read. The letter concluded: “The medical device tax is an example of a policy that runs counter to efforts to make American manufacturing industries more competitive.” ...

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Contiinue on to "10 Medical Device Crimes that Led to Jail Time"

 

August 20th, 2015
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We took a look at where 15 prominent Republicans running for president stand on issues like Obamacare and the medical device tax. Which one will get your vote in the primary?

Sherree Geyer

 

So many Republicans are running for president that it can be hard to keep track of who they all are, let alone decide which one you'd like to support in their bid for the White House.

To help you make up your mind, we looked at where 15 of the most prominant Republican candidates stand on issues such as the Affordable Care Act and the medical device tax. 

At the end of the slideshow, be sure to tell us who will get your vote.

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August 20th, 2015
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 Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, served on the board of CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc., a privately held medical device company in Roswell, GA, from 2009–2014.

His position on the ACA remains clear: “As president of the United States, I would make fixing our broken healthcare system one of my top priorities. I will work with Congress to repeal and replace this flawed law with conservative reforms that empower consumers...

August 20th, 2015
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Ben Carson

 

While retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful Ben Carson doesn’t take a stand on the medical excise tax, he does have strong feelings when it comes to the ACA.

“We didn’t need the monstrosity of the $1.2-trillion ACA. Even after it is fully implemented for 10 years, 23 million people still won’t have any health insurance.”

Carson supports health savings accounts to “empower families to make their own decisions about their medical treatment.”

 

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August 20th, 2015
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 Chris Christie

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey since 2010, called the ACA a "failed federal program" during a town hall meeting last year.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding its federal subsidies this year, he asked Congress to fix the ACA but stopped short of requesting its full-scale repeal.

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 Ted Cruz

 

Ted Cruz, junior U.S. Senator from Texas, was one of 79 senators who endorsed repeal of the medical device excise tax.

Vehemently opposed to ACA, Cruz led a federal government shutdown over the healthcare legislation in 2013.

 

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August 20th, 2015
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Carly Fiorina

 

No stranger to the tech industry, Carly Fiorina made a name for herself as former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

The presidential candidate and current chair of the nonprofit organization Good360, n Alexandria, VA, supports repealing the ACA, which she says complicates tax and regulatory codes and ensures the survival of only large payers and providers.

 

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August 20th, 2015
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The company's story shows it is possible to make money while conducting market research.

Nigel Syrotuck

With the adoption of the Internet, the role of the middleman is dying. Products can now be sold faster and more profitably directly to the consumer. Enter FDA, whose job it is to protect the consumer from unsafe and ineffective medical devices, drugs, treatments, and diagnostic devices. Thankfully, FDA recognizes that some products do not need regulation. Wellness devices (such as stress balls) and wellness drugs (such as vitamins) have been sold freely for years.

Now we've entered the age of wellness tracking devices, which perform non-critical health monitoring. Like vitamins and stress balls, these take a preventative approach and have the power to quickly start helping people lead...

August 20th, 2015
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Identifying opportunities for device innovation to reduce and prevent healthcare-associated infections.

Sue MacInnes

Why the buzz around bugs?

There was a time when being in the hospital was considered the best place to be if you had an infection or had some type of medical complication. The best minds and science were surrounding you, so—whew—you were in a “safe” place. At that time, a certain amount of infections were just plain “unavoidable” in healthcare speak. They were a part of what happens when you are sick or are having some kind of medical procedure.

It wasn’t until the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report,...

August 19th, 2015
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