Pelosi is proposing to do, and what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada tried and failed to do Wednesday, is strip provisions out of the healthcare reform package that freeze cuts in payments
to doctors that are mandated under current law and take them up as a separate piece of legislation that would, therefore, not count toward the healthcare reform bottom line.
The bill, the Medicare Physicians Fairness Act—which on Capitol Hill is also being called the "Doc Fix"—would cost the federal government nearly $250 billion over 10 years which, when it was part of the healthcare bill, boosted the cost well above what Obama told Congress he could accept. As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Wednesday in opposing it, the payments freeze as currently constructed is just "another quarter of a trillion dollars on the federal credit card."
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:45 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:47 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
For the Democrats to put the supposed fix for payments to doctors and hospitals in a separate bill and call the original health overhaul bill deficit neutral is an unprecedented legislative fraud on the American people."
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:49 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
They are so desperate to get anything and every thing in this bill. I bet there are so many earmarks that have absolutely nothing to do with health or care. Newt Ginghrich said on Fox the other night that we should stop stressing over all of this. He said that the bill may pass. I doesn't take effect until 2013 (after BO is voted out or in his lame duck term and won't hurt his re-election chances. There's a plan for sure!) Then the Congress will be cleaned out of all the representatives that voted for it in the 2010 and 2012 elections. The new members can repeal all of the crap the BO administration has put into play. I love to hear someone thinking with logic and not emotions all the time.
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