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?

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