Seems a funny time to be mulling over the possibility, with the government throwing money around. But the circuitous logic of Washington often is to rob Peter to pay Paul (where do you think that $20 billion in funding is coming from?) so there’s endless possibilities.

Tucked into the health care reform bill is a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, set to go into effect in 2013. Doesn’t sound like much, unless you’re in the medical device market, and it didn’t get much media play, but government wonks project the tax will raise about $2 billion annually--money earmarked to offset a sliver of the costs of the reform legislation. Experts predict that device manufacturers will, as logic dictates, try to find imaginative ways to pass the costs on the consumers and the middlemen, device suppliers. (Click here for a nice synopsis.)

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