Senate Does Not Block Medicare Pay Cut Before Recess

June 29, 2008

On Thursday, Senate Democrats came short of blocking a planned 10% pay cut to Medicare doctors.  This came just after the House had passed the bill..  ..Washington (ChattahBox) – On Thursday, Senate Democrats came short of blocking a planned 10% pay cut to Medicare doctors. This came just after the House had passed the bill.

A 10% pay cut is set to go into effect on July 1, which will cut the Medicare payments to doctors, and could result in problems for Medicare patients.

The vote came in on Thursday night, just before the week-long Fourth of July recess planned.

Republican minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky offered a 30-day extension of the current law which was turned down by Harry Reid, Democratic majority leader from Nevada.

President Bush has threatened to veto the bill if passed.

Reid, at the last moment, switched his vote though, meaning the bill will come up again.


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