Coakley Support for Senate Health Bill Risks 22,000 High-Paying Massachusetts Jobs

Jan 12, 2010, 16:50 ET from Americans for Tax Reform

New tax on medical device manufacturers endangers Commonwealth paychecks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans for Tax Reform today released an analysis showing the impact on Massachusetts of Marsha Coakley's support for the Senate healthcare bill. Coakley is on record supporting the Senate government healthcare bill, which contains eighteen separate tax increases. One of these is a new $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) tax on medical device manufacturers.

Massachusetts can expect their share of this tax to be $760 million annually (rising to $1.14 billion in 2017).

According to a 2007 study by Advamed, a medical device manufacturing trade association, Massachusetts counts on medical device manufacturers for nearly 22,000 jobs. This ranks the Bay State as second in the country behind California, or fourth in the country as a percent of all state jobs. One in every 150 Massachusetts workers is employed in the medical device manufacturing industry. The average medical manufacturing employee earns about $51,000 annually (higher than the Massachusetts average of about $42,000). The state medical device manufacturing industry generated $8.2 billion in sales and paid $1.47 billion in wages

Each medical manufacturing job generates an additional 3.83 jobs in Massachusetts. Each $1.00 earned by employees of a medical device manufacturer generates $2.48 of wages elsewhere in Massachusetts. Each $1.00 of sales in medical device technology generates $2.06 in additional sales in Massachusetts.

Below are a few examples of communities that will be affected by this new tax supported by Coakley:


Community

Employer

Jobs at Stake

Andover

Philips Medical Systems

2300-2400

Andover

Transmedics

98

Boston

KIKA Medical

60

Boston

Cytonome, Inc.

14

Burlington

ConforMIS, Inc.

150

Burlington

InfraReDx, Inc.

7

Cambridge

IntelligentMD

25

Cambridge

Etex

50-99

Cambridge

Intermed Health Technologies

TBD

Foxborough

Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems

35

Hopkinton

Facet Solutions

18

Lexington

GI Dynamics

TBD

Marlborough

CYTYC Corporation

1500

Medford

Febit Inc.

20

Natick/Quincy/Marlborough

Boston Scientific

2400

Rockland

Paradigm BioDevices

7

Waltham

Neurometrix

130

Wilmington

Viacor

11-50



"Martha Coakley has already been quoted as saying that taxes need to go up," said ATR President Grover Norquist. "Raising taxes is not free -- it will cost jobs. People need to ask Martha Coakley why she wants to be the deciding vote on a government healthcare and taxes bill which will endanger 22,000 high-paying jobs in Massachusetts."

The provision can be found on page 2020, section 9009 of the bill.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org.

SOURCE Americans for Tax Reform