Tea Party Lawmaker Letter on Med Device Tax Repeal Authored by Lobby Group
— in which we find that the Tea Party’s hostage demands being put to vote by GOP house leadership are being written directly by K street lobbyists.
Earlier today, House Republicans pushed one more step towards a government shut down by passing a continuing resolution that delays the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year, while permanently repealing one of the primary funding mechanisms for the law, a 2.5 percent excise tax on medical device companies.
While its clear that Democrats will reject any delay of health reform, the move to revoke the medical device tax can be seen as a coup by industry lobbyists. The medical device industry, led by AdvaMed, a trade association that spends $29 million a year, has pushed aggressively to ensure that medical device companies contribute nothing to the financing of the Affordable Care Act.
After the Tea Party catapulted House Republicans into the majority, 75 right-wing lawmakers wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner demanding that a vote to repeal the device tax occur “as soon as possible.” The metadata of the letter shows that it was authored by Ryan Strandlund, a member of AdvaMed’s government affairs team:
See the Proof at The Nation: Tea Party Lawmaker Letter on Med Device Tax Repeal Authored by Lobby Group
This demonstrates once more that any industry can buy themselves some GOP congress-critters, and the ones they can’t buy can be gulled into voting for anything by their corrupt tea party compadres.