Medical Devices

Website pushes Emily Post-style campaign to keep med device tax repeal on politicians’ dance cards

taxMedical device industry professionals have been asked to remember and apply that aphorism their grandmothers said about a little thank you going a long way in the campaign to kill the device tax.

Though the Senate voted to repeal the medical device excise tax more than four months ago, last week,  Joe Hage, the leader of the Medical Devices Group on LinkedIn (which boasts more than 180,000 members–full disclosure, I’m one of them) and CEO of Medical Marcom, implored the medical device industry to follow basic etiquette and say thank you.

On his posting on, an anti-med device tax site, Hage said a thank-you note might keep the issue “top of mind.” He also posts a list of which senators voted for or against repeal. Each name clicks through to the respective senator’s contact page.

In the accompanying video, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn) both suggest thanking politicians for their votes. In the video, Klobuchar encourages interested parties to keep “making the case, making it politely.”

Since the letter was posted, Hage said there have been more than 1,000 clicks through to senators’ pages.

“The clicks on yea and nay senators were split as was the vote,” Hage said in an email. About 80 percent clicked on yea voters and 20 percent on nay voters. “The most popular to be clicked are (somewhat unsurprisingly) Sens. (Barbara) Boxer and (Dianne) Feinstein of California, and (Bill) Nelson of Florida.”


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