Issue: Economy and Jobs

THREE YEARS LATER: WALORSKI HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL IMPACT OF OBAMACARE

MISHAWAKA, IN – In recognition of the three-year anniversary of the President’s Health Care Law, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) visited Complexus Medical to hear about the impact of Obamacare on Michiana businesses.

“The medical device tax is just one example of bad policy to burden innovators, eliminate good-paying jobs, and endanger quality care. Northern Indiana is the global leader of the orthopedic industry, but Washington red tape, higher premiums, and onerous mandates are compromising options for our seniors, veterans, and American families.”

The President’s Health Care law contains an onerous 2.3 percent medical device tax, which went into effect on January 1, 2013. Some Indiana companies have already warned patients of increasing prices and postponed company expansion. Medical device manufacturers provide approximately 20,000 jobs in Indiana, with over 50,000 additional jobs directly related to the medical technology industry.

“The taxes and regulations streaming out of Washington will stifle innovation for customers and cause a ripple effect on my business, jeopardizing my companies’ growth, and forcing the OEM’s in the medical device industry to consider oversea supply chains,” said Dave Behrens, President of Complexus Medical.

Complexus Medical, formally known as F&F Specialties, is one of many emerging leaders in orthopedic instrument manufacturing in the Second District. Their high-quality medical components symbolize a new generation of improved health care technology that could be significantly diminished if government regulations continue to levy taxes and derail economic growth.

“I am pleased the Senate has recently joined House efforts to repeal the medical device tax. Moving forward, I will continue to support commonsense reforms to put patient care first and improve our health care system,” said Walorski.

Congresswoman Walorski is an original co-sponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 523) to eliminate the 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices.

WALORSKI STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE SKILLS ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement regarding the House passage of the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803):

“Passage of the SKILLS Act will help modernize and reform federal workforce programs, equipping American workers with necessary skills to qualify for available job openings and contribute to the economy. I applaud the House’s effort to streamline and promote more effective job training to help a wider spectrum of Hoosiers, from high school graduates to disabled veterans. This bill will strengthen the workforce in Northern Indiana, particularly for manufacturing jobs that require specialized training and unique skill sets. Upon final passage, this legislation will expedite job placement and reduce unemployment for the 12 million Americans currently seeking jobs.”

WALORSKI CO-SPONSORS PROTECT MEDICAL INNOVATION ACT

Calls for repeal of onerous medical device tax in Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to save Hoosier jobs, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today became an original co-sponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 523). This bill will eliminate the 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices, which went into effect on January 1, 2013 as part of the President’s Affordable Care Act.

“Indiana is a global leader in medical device innovation, creating thousands of good-paying Hoosier jobs for Second District families, especially in Kosciusko County and the Michiana area,” said Walorski. “The enforcement of this onerous tax is simply counterproductive. It severely hinders the advancement of medical device companies and must be repealed to prevent further damage to our economy.”

Medical device manufacturers provide approximately 20,000 jobs in Indiana, with over 50,000 additional jobs directly related to the medical technology industry. Some Indiana companies have already warned patients of increasing prices, putting upcoming projects on hold due to the medical device tax. Similar legislation already passed the House in July 2012 with overwhelming bipartisan support, but stalled in the Senate and was never signed into law.

Walorski also announced her support for the Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act, repealing the individual and employer health insurance mandates in the President’s Affordable Care Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the individual mandate will increase taxes on American families over the next decade by an estimated $55 billion, with an additional $117 billion in taxes on businesses from the employer mandate.

CONGRESSWOMAN WALORSKI URGES APPROVAL OF KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

Bipartisan lawmakers sign letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of a bipartisan effort to create more jobs, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) signed a letter to the President urging swift approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“We have the opportunity to create thousands of good-paying jobs for American workers, stimulating our economy and contributing to our nation’s movement toward energy security,” said Walorski. “I urge the President to heed our bipartisan recommendation to approve the pipeline and put people back to work.”

Congresswoman Walorski joined a robust group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives requesting immediate action from the Administration to approve the shovel-ready project, echoing a similar message submitted from the Senate last week.

Since the original permit for the pipeline was denied last year, the proposal has been modified to re-route through Nebraska to avoid the Sand Hills, previously cited as an area of concern by the Administration. This measure was recently approved by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman after thorough investigations from the Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality to ensure minimal environmental impact.

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