Congressional Fiscal Deal Staves Off Medical Device Tax Challenge

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By the time Congress reached an agreement to reopen the federal government and avert default on the nation's debt, tax policy all but vanished from the scene.
Two tax-related issues that had been potential elements of a deal—repealing or delaying the Affordable Care Act's excise tax on medical devices, and delaying the ACA's $63-per-person reinsurance tax on insurance companies—ultimately were not included in the agreement, leaving an open question about whether a House-Senate conference committee will address them in budget negotiations.
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), told reporters Oct. 16 that prospects may be fading for a repeal of the tax, a provision of the health care law he supports.
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