The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has applauded the United States House Ways & Means Committee chairman David Camp (R-Mich.) for including the full repeal of the medical device excise tax in his tax reform proposal.

“MITA applauds Rep. Camp for prioritizing repeal of the burdensome medical device tax that has required medical device manufacturers to pay an estimated $2.6 billion to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to date,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA. “This tax poses an undeniable threat to the health of American patients and the economy by restricting investments in life-saving innovations and jeopardizing thousands of US jobs.”

This is the latest bipartisan effort to repeal the tax. In March 2013, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 Senate Budget Resolution expressing support for repeal of the tax, which passed with 79 votes. The House also passed a bill to repeal the tax in a 270-146 vote in 2012.