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House approves GOP bill repealing medical-device tax

The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal a future tax on medical devices.

It was at least a temporary victory for Warsaw orthopedics manufacturers Biomet, DePuy and Zimmer Holdings.

But Democratic leadership in the Senate has indicated the Protect Medical Innovation Act will not be considered by that chamber, and White House advisers have recommended that President Obama veto the legislation if it makes it to him.

“This bill isn’t going anywhere,” Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., said Thursday during House debate.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether Obama’s health-care law is constitutional. The 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices, scheduled to take effect in January, is expected to raise $29 billion in the next 10 years to help pay for the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday's House vote was 270-146, with 233 Republicans and 37 Democrats supporting the tax repeal and 146 Democrats opposing it.

Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, the Democratic candidate for a Senate seat from Indiana, voted in favor of the repeal.

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