Senate Democrats Seek Higher Doctor Payments

Senate Democrats at work on sweeping health care legislation hope to help their cause with quick passage of a separate bill that would give doctors a $247 billion increase in Medicare fees over a decade but raise federal deficits.

Democratic officials disclosed the plan Wednesday. By creating a two-bill approach, Democrats intend to claim the more comprehensive health care measure meets President Barack Obama's conditions -- that it will neither add to deficits nor exceed $900 billion in costs over 10 years.

If approved and signed into law, the legislation relating to doctors would avert a 21 percent reduction in Medicare fees that is scheduled to take effect in January, as well as additional cuts in future years.


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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    Attention: Career politicians are not your friend. Choose wisely your next repersentatives. If they have served more than one term, they need to leave and go back to the public sector. They are only human and greed and power corrupt. Very simply stated. Once and done for them all
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Springfield on Oct 15, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    RealityCheck and Barlow, I agree, the main problem was bad loans, set up by Franks and Dodd, will lead to an even bigger failure to come. Where I agree with Barlow (this is a rare time), if the program is so good, why isn't both houses in it? I can tell you, when or if this is passed, medical, will never be the same. I can tell you if passed, Obama will be a one term for sure. He made the mistake of going after the elderly...they can still vote.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Oct 15, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    The working class will mever get a break in this country. You can't be a politician ( Dem or Rep ) unless you are crooked and rich. I vote in every election but it's getting to the point that I feel there is no need to. We just replace bad with worse or just as bad. What to do ?
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Oct 15, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    "Ron amok capitalism" didn't get President Obama elected, it was Bush's dragging on in Iraq with no clear achievements or direction and organized early voting (and organized early fraudulent voting) by the left. It makes me sick that Wall Street was bailed out. By giving companies all this free money, the natural process of weeding out failing entities was interfered with. But, part of their failure can be blamed on congress' insistence that these companies provide mortgages to low income, no income, high risk debtors...a program that is still be propped up even today and will fail again. Capitalism works when you don’t force companies to make high risk loans. Like I said, let’s open the floodgates and really have socialized medicine with long lines for treatment and low pay for MD’s. Let’s give it a try. But don't make it look better than it is by artifically boosting pay for health care providers.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    I think the "run amok capitalism" has shocked the voting public back into reality which is one of the reasons Barack Obama is now President. We just got done bailing out large banks and finance corporations that went broke trying to rob us of every last cent! I wish they would socialize health care then maybe we would all get the same treatment(s). Only when the rich start dying at the rate of the poor will things get straightened out in this country. I will gladly accept the health care currently given to our congress for my family. Not to worry, the insurance companies have spent millions bribing (or lobbying whichever you prefer) and most of the politicians have or will be bought off. You get to keep your health care. Just don't get TOO sick, the insurance companies can't pay their executives those HUGE salaries and bonuses if they have to pay for that sort of inconvenience.
  • by Susan Location: ENC on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Makes me ashamed to be a registered Democrat....guess I will continue to vote Republican...doctors getting richer, insurance companies getting richer & average people getting shafted....typical government....Vote them all out!!
  • by here Location: here on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    Makes me sick.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    If Democrats are going to force us into socialized medicine, then let’s have socialized medicine (which includes reduced salaries for medical professionals and a lower quality of research. The American Medical Association, which is historically a left leaning organization, should not be bribed into endorsing the President's socialized medicine with our tax money. The way conservatives can regain a political foothold in this country is to let the Democrats open the floodgates of socialism. Only then will we see the voting public shocked back into reality and the pendulum will swing back to the right...or at least closer to the center.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Oct 15, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Suspicions confirmed. The Dems really do think the entire population is no brighter than the folks who appear on "Jay Walking" on the Jay Leno Show. We'll run up the deficit in one "health care bill" so we can claim in a companion health care bill that we aren't running up the deficit. Give me a break!!!!
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