Senate Passes, Pelosi Reject `Doc Fix`
The Senate passed a bill which would fund the 21% increase
of physician Medicare reimbursement on Friday, but House
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi rejected the bill, making
it unlikely to pass.
Republicans have wanted the so-called `doc fix` to be
funded through cutting other spending. Friday`s
bill took this approach.
However, Pelosi called it a `great disappointment` and
saw `no reason to pass` it.
The previous `doc fix` bill ran out June 1st, but the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has
held off paying doctors the lower amount. On Friday,
CMS ordered that the payments be made at the lower amount.
The `doc fix` was originally part of a larger bill that
extended unemployment benefits and has had a variety of
other spending and tax measures included.
Both Houses of Congress and both parties are struggling
to finance their various priorities and wish lists
in the face of the $13 trillion debt and ballooning