The Democrat-controlled Senate voted to repeal a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices such as catheters, pacemakers and MRI machines imposed by Obamacare
to entitle uninsured to health-care subsidies.
The bill concerning the controversial Health Care Act passed by the Democrats and Mr. Obama in 2010 is basically non-binding, however represents a deep divide among Democrats on how to fund Obamacare.
The main costs to the unpopular health care overhaul
passed by a partisan Democrat-controlled Congress are scheduled to kick in over the next few years. However a Republican-controlled House is likely to agree with repealing the $30 billion tax imposed by Obamacare.
For a political perspective on the vote, 33 of the chamber's 53 Democrats
joined all 45 Republicans in voting for the repeal amendment by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.. Two independent senators who caucus with the Democrats split their votes for and against.
Republicans in the Senate and beyond said the vote exceeded their expectations and that they were pleased to see a majority of Democrats vote against the broad swath of new health-care taxes.
Affected health care companies started paying the tax Jan. 1, and they say if it stays on the books that the new taxes on fundamental healthcare equipment and supplies will lead to more lay-offs and higher costs per patient.