Republicans inherit doc-fix problem

Medicare recipients played a big role in swinging Tuesday’s elections in favor of Republicans, according to exit polls.
People 65 and older comprised 23 percent of voters. CNN analyzed exit polls and determined that most voted for Republicans – 58 percent in this election compared to 49 percent two years ago.
It would be interesting to know how many of these voters have had conversations with their physicians about the “doc-fix” problem.
Political pundits have pointed to the massive health care reform law as a primary reason for voter shift to Republicans, but these pundits have not even mentioned the unfinished business with Medicare.
When Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, they repeatedly failed to permanently address cutbacks in Medicare reimbursements tied to a sustainable growth rate formula. This formula will cause a 25 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians.
Congress over the past year kept delaying action by granting temporary reprieves. Some doctors stopped taking Medicare or warned patients that they might have to take this action.
The last reprieve is about to expire.
What will the Republican-controlled House of Representatives do about Medicare?

Comments

  1. talktotennessee says:

    Let the docs and those who voted for the Republicans deal with the problem now. No more Pelosi to kick around or blame everything on.

  2. FredCPA1962 says:

    oh this is an easy one. the mathematics around the new entitlement of course used the fact that the doc fix NOT happen. the reps come out an say, ok, we have a doc fix bill prepared, but to go along with it we MUST repeal the healthcare law. the 2 cannot co-exist. the new law was predicated on No doc fix. for the math to work. if we want the doc fix we cant have the new law, and vice versa. if we (reps) were to do that, the president would be a liar. we cant do that to him. he said it would be deficit neutral and he knew when he said that there would be no doc fix. if we pass a doc fix WITHOUT a repeal the repsident lied to us. so you attach a doc fix to a repeal of healthcare, both MUST happen together as per the president. and then have the dems vote AGAINST the doc fix and the repeal. those who broke it, the dems, then have decided not to fix it. and they will lose 20 more seats in 12. and their caucus will be about 170 or so. a rep president will then repeal the healthcare law, do the doc fix. and all entitlements will be repaired with a supermajority rep congress. and no one will blame pelosi for anything. she'll be a forgotten memory. except when people talk about the most reviled sepaker ever in the house of reps. and the most disastrous for her party. there ya go "talktotenn". see how it works? its based on math.

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