Senate Democrats Vote To Repeal Part Of Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (March 22, 2013)—The U.S. Senate voted 79-20 Thursday night to repeal a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices such as catheters, pacemakers and MRI machines that’s part of the president’s sweeping health care overhaul.

Thirty-three Democrats joined all 45 Republicans voting for the amendment by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Maine Independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted for repeal.

Republicans hope the nonbinding vote signals a new willingness by Democrats to defy the president on unpopular provisions of his signature law but repealing the tax is far from a done deal, despite an all-out push by industry.

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