Erik Paulsen pushes medical device tax repeal while getting megabucks from medical industry

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Following the money suggests there's more to Paulsen's medical device tax view than a concern about stifling economic activity.
On Wednesday, Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen introduced a bill to repeal the medical device tax included in Obamacare. In 2012, by a wide margin, Paulsen led the House in money received from medical supply companies.

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Seems like there's probably a connection between those two things, right? But Paulsen denies it.

Asked today by the Star Tribune whether the $110,100 he received from the medical supply industry last year plays a role in his interest in the medical device tax, Paulsen said: "No, none whatsoever." It's unclear whether his nose grew as he uttered those words.

Paulsen's push to repeal the tax is also supported by Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and guess what? Last year, Klobuchar received the third most money from medical supply companies of any Senator ($90,025); Franken clocked in at 12th ($30,349).

Of course, we're not exactly breaking news by suggesting financial contributions play a role what legislation various elected officials support. To take just one additional example, around this time last year, Klobuchar and Franken both supported anti-piracy legislation that would've benefited big media. And as we reported, both senators received hundreds of thousands of dollars from big media companies in the preceding years.

Last  year, Paulsen wanted to make up for the $29 billion that would be lost if the device tax were repealed by reducing health care subsidies for the poor. But as you'd imagine, that proposal wasn't popular with Democrats, and this year's bill doesn't specify what would make up for the lost revenue.


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JjrkCh
JjrkCh

Read my blog:  Failed Implant Device Alliance.  It records all the reasons why the public is now paying for the 'innovation' failures of the medical device industry.  Rep. Erik Paulsen ignores patient harm caused by medical products and thereby puts patients and medical device industry jobs in conflict.  Follow the money:  it is definitely corrupting our healthcare system. Secure Minnesota jobs are dependent upon creating value, not aggressively pursuing profit at all costs to ethics and morality.  Patient safety must be the first consideration and our government leaders pledge to put citizens rights before business interests.

TwinCitiesBob
TwinCitiesBob

Thanks to Medtronic's huge pacemaker business and the companies that were created by former Medtonic people - the medical device industry is a success story for Minnesota, and very critical to the economy of the state of Minnesota.  Medical device companies create good paying jobs for educated people.  Democratic and Republican representatives all know this and agree that the proposed taxes on medical devices was very bad for Minnesota.  Klobuchar and Franken agree with this too!!  CP:  Please be a supporter of this important industry and also be fair handed in your reporting!!    

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

To be fair the medical device industry is big in Minnesota so the impact of the tax is felt hard in Minnesota.  That's why you see Al Franken, Amy Klobochar, and Erik Paulsen all on the same side.   That is also why they would get more money from medical device companies since they are Minnesota companies.

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Our own Amy Klobuchar got $90K vs his $110K.....what's your point CP?

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Hook his balls up to set of jumper cables while the other end is connected to a running car whilst his bare feet are in a tub of water. See if he needs a medical device after that.

Allen J. Oh
Allen J. Oh

Ok, but as pointed out in the article, both of our US Senators also support repealing the medical device tax. If I recall correctly, most or all of Minnesota's congressional delegation opposed the tax. This makes sense because Minnesota is a leading region in the medical device sector. Perhaps there is a link between supporting the repeal and getting funds from the industry, but this is an issue that Minnesota's delegation should get behind anyway.

WilliamJ83
WilliamJ83

His nose may not have grown, but his pocket book sure did!

A1batross
A1batross

But EVERYBODY'S doing it! If everybody accepted several hundred million dollars for pushing their constituents off a bridge, would you?

keny1
keny1

@Jean Claude Cau There is no point. Rupar just enjoys demonizing Republicans who do the same thing as his Democrat Messiahs do. But it's OK if Democrats do it, but NOT OK if Republicans do the same thing. Again, Liberal hypocrisy at it's finest. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Eric Shawn Smith OK, are same goes for Franken and Klobochar.. they said they were also against this.. They just didnt know about it because they hadn't read the bill.


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