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U.S. Medical Device Backers Face Tough Health Care Vote

Senate Democrats from states including Minnesota and Pennsylvania are caught between their support for medical-device industries and their party’s reluctance to make major changes to the 2010 health-care law.

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax for medical devices. To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, the vote is part of a Republican attack on the health law. To Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat seeking a second term, the repeal is necessary to prevent harm to an industry that provides jobs in her state.