WASHINGTON (AP) — Scoffing at a White House veto threat, the House voted Thursday to repeal a tax on medical device makers that Republicans cast as a job-killing levy that would stifle an innovative industry.
Lawmakers approved the measure 270-146, with three-dozen Democrats from states with a heavy presence of medical equipment makers like Minnesota and Pennsylvania joining majority Republicans. Most Democrats said the bill was yet another GOP attempt to weaken President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, which created the tax to help pay for that law's expansion of health care coverage to 30 million Americans.
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