Although upheld by the Supreme Court and now just months away from full implementation, GOP leaders continue to emphasis flaws in the new healthcare law. This week House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) called for repealing the taxes in the ObamaCare law during a speech highlighting the House GOP’s priorities.
Even thought Cantor sharply criticized the entire law, he specifically called for a repeal on the taxes imposed by the law, specifically a 2 percent excise tax on medical devices.
“President Obama’s health care law resulted in higher premiums and costs for families, and has made access to quality health care and innovation tougher,” Cantor said. “If we want to reverse this trend, we should start by choosing to repeal the new taxes that are increasing the costs of health care and health insurance, like the medical device tax.”
Repealing the medical device tax has bipartisan support.
Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, Cantor, also called for reforming Medicare and Medicaid. He proposes narrow reforms, including streamlining the parts of Medicare that pay for doctors and hospitals, and allowing patients to take home a share of programs that share savings between Medicare and physicians.
“We can modernize Medicare so it isn’t so complicated for seniors or healthcare providers and make it easier for them to get the care they need in a cost-effective manner,” Cantor said.