The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare sometime this month. Americans want to repeal all or part of the law by margin of 2 to 1. It’s no wonder, as we are living the nightmare of Nancy Pelosi’s “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

While we wait for the court’s decision, the president’s health care law has already become a giant discouragement to our job creators. In order to pay for the monstrous new entitlement, the bill includes several new taxes.

One example was the expanded 1099 reporting requirement that would have forced businesses to a file a tax form with the IRS every time they paid more than $600 to a vendor in a year. The provision would have particularly hurt small businesses that do not have the manpower and resources necessary for filing the additional paperwork.   

Thankfully, both political parties realized that new tax was a mistake and Congress repealed the provision.

This week, I supported legislation to repeal another Obamacare tax because it threatens life-saving innovations and Wisconsin jobs.  The president’s health care law included a 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices in the U.S. This is a tax on the sale of devices like knee replacements, pacemakers, and prosthetic limbs.

This tax is going to threaten thousands of jobs, even up to 43,000, according to analysts. Our economy is still lagging, with much lower-than-expected national job creation reported in May. The threat posed by this Obamacare tax in particular hits close to home for us in Wisconsin.

One of the most innovative and successful medical device makers is GE Healthcare. GE Healthcare, which has offices throughout our state, employs around 6,500 Wisconsinites—many of whom  are in my district in Waukesha at one of their division headquarters.

These are good-paying jobs that bring top-notch talent to our state. Obamacare is threatening to tax these jobs right out of America and out of Wisconsin.

The Chief Medicare actuary predicts that because this tax makes certain devices more expensive, the cost will hit us all with higher health care costs. For example, the dental industry estimates that the tax will increase the cost of dental care by $160 million per year.

The medical device tax will also have the deadly effect of discouraging research and development.

One has to ask, how many life-saving medical devices won’t be discovered as a result of this tax on innovation?

America has been an incubator for medical advances. But this tax, tacked on to all the other new mandates and taxes in Obamacare, threatens to reduce the amount of investment in R&D and stall future innovation at American companies.  

Clearly, the argument for repeal is getting stronger as we learn more about the job-killing taxes, mandates, and budget gimmicks hidden in the law.

Regardless of the Supreme Court decision, we should repeal the law and replace it with focused, common-sense solutions that will make health care more affordable for Americans. We will not repeat the mistakes of Democrats. We will not jam through a bill that forces us to “pass the bill to find out what is in it.” And we will not pass a law the American people don’t support or don’t want. We will empower families and doctors to make health care decisions— not Washington bureaucrats.