Making a Difference Against the Medical Device Tax

Sure, we’ve all been complaining about the medical device tax that is to go into effect in 2013, but how many of us are actually doing something about it?  Joe Hage, the owner of the “Medical Devices Group” on LinkedIn decided to do something big: Set up a website with the intent of getting 25,000 signatures on a petition to repeal it. “I sought to give my members a more constructive outlet than grousing,” he says.

As of early last week, there were nearly 1,500 signatures listed on the site and the number is increasing steadily. The “Medical Devices Group” on LinkedIn, which now has nearly 109,000 members, also continues to grow in size—with as many as 500 new names added on some days.

The day the site was launched, Hage received a call from the Office of Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN), a vocal critic of the tax. Paulsen’s office gave Hage some concrete steps he could take to help shore up support for the device tax repeal in the Senate.

Will social media actually be able to get the much disputed medical tax repealed?  Stranger things have happened.  Remember the facebook bra color campaign of 2010 that went viral in raising awareness for breast cancer?


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