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Will Congressman Mark Schauer Hike Taxes on Terumo Cardiovascular Workers in Ann Arbor?


New Obama healthcare plan endangers 6,089 Michigan jobs


WASHINGTON, D.C. Buried in the latest government healthcare plan proposed by President Obama is a new tax on medical device manufacturers, who make everything from prosthetic limbs to pacemakers.  The bill imposes a new tax of $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) on the industry.  Congressman Mark Schauer will have a chance to vote on this bill later this year.


This new tax will particularly hit the Terumo Cardiovascular facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  It employs 500-1000 people—workers who may find themselves with a pink slip instead of a paycheck if this jobs-killing tax hike goes through.


“Washington politicians like to talk about jobs, but speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want to raise taxes on the medical device industry that will kill jobs,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “Congressman Schauer can talk all he wants.  Now he has a choice to vote with the Democrat leadership and kill jobs in Michigan or to summon the courage to vote against the Democrat leadership and protect those jobs.”


Statewide, there are 6,089 employees working for the medical device industry.  The average medical device worker in Michigan earns $42,000, higher than the state average of $36,600.  Statewide, there were $2,111,015 in medical device sales in Michigan in the latest reporting year.


Congressman Mark Schauer VOTED FOR this same tax hike just last year.  How will the Congressman vote this time?