Device tax repeal still possible, Senator Daschle tells Cleveland Clinic audience

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Washington came to Cleveland last night in the form of Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), who told an audience of healthcare executives, investors, and analysts, that while repeal of  the medical device tax may be “off the table” for now, that could change.

Addressing a dinner audience at The Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Summit on “Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Crisis” on Day 14 of the government shutdown and about 48 hours before the country reaches the debt ceiling, the former US Senate Majority Leader said, “With so much bipartisan support in Washington, this issue could continue to reappear and resurface as we consider long-term issues and options moving forward.”

On healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act, Daschle declared that we are “experiencing what is arguably the most dramatic transformation” in US healthcare, adding that there is much work ahead as healthcare moves from a fee-for-service model to a value-based system based on prevention, wellness, and better outcomes. “If this were a football game, I’d say we’re on the 30-yard line with 70 yards to go.”

Daschle went on to call for the acceleration of healthcare IT, calling it “the backbone of the new paradigm in healthcare” as patients become more involved in the personalization of their own care.

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