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Trump Versus Clinton: Medical Device Tax

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has hedged on making the repeal of  the medical device tax permanent, even when she spoke to an AdvaMed conference. Her stance on the tax remained noncommittal this year, too, according to a representative of her campaign. Congress granted the medtech industry a two-year reprieve from the 2.3% tax in when it passed a roughly $1 trillion spending bill in December 2015. The industry has described the tax, which went into effect at the beginning of 2013, as a jobs-killer.

Donald Trump

Trump has spoken broadly about taxes, but not specifically about the medical device tax. He told a conservative group in Colorado in July that he would "eliminate job-killing regulations" and "have massive tax reform and simplification," according to a report in the Denver Business Journal. Former HHS secretary Tommy Thompson, who supports Trump's campaign but does not represent it, told an audience at this year's AdvaMed conference that the tax would likely be repealed if Trump were elected.

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[Trump portrait by Michael Vadon, CC BY-SA 2.0. Clinton portrait by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0.]

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