The Affordable Care Act's medical device tax has drawn fire in recent days after Skaneateles Falls-based Welch Allyn announced a global restructuring program that would include cutting 10 percent of their workforce over the next three years.
One of the main reasons for the restructuring, according to the company? The aforementioned 2.3 percent medical device tax.
U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, slammed Democratic candidate (and former Rep.) Dan Maffei for voting in support of the Affordable Care Act. Now, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long is criticizing U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., for her "support" of the medical device tax.
“These job losses at Welch Allyn are the direct result of the medical device tax," Long said in a statement. "It was clear when Obamacare was passed that it would hurt New York jobs, but Kirsten Gillibrand has been silent. Now people are losing their jobs and Gillibrand still has nothing to say."
Long continued: “What does Senator Gillibrand have to say to the 45 workers who were told (Tuesday) that they will lose their jobs at the company's headquarters in Skaneateles Falls?”
“Instead of trotting around New York with phony job bills Gillibrand should take real action and pledge to repeal this job killing tax and all of Obamacare.”
This isn't a new line of attack for Long. She mentioned the medical device tax as far back as April. But now, it's a major news item here in central New York.
Welch Allyn currently employs 2,750, according to the company's website. While 45 jobs will be lost in central New York, 160 jobs will be cut at the company's Beaverton, Oregon location.