GOP to tie individual mandate to doc fix

The House will vote next week on legislation to delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate and prevent a cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

Republicans are putting the two bills together so that revenue generated by delaying the individual mandate could be used to pay for preventing a cut in doctor payments.

House aides confirmed that GOP leaders are looking at combining the individual mandate bill to “doc fix” legislation sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas).

Merging the two bills could make the vote particularly difficult for Democrats, who would be forced to support a delay of the mandate that people buy health insurance or face a penalty, in order to vote for the popular doc fix.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said on the House floor Thursday that GOP leaders would bring up the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 4015, next week. SGR is the sustainable growth rate program that is supposed to deliver cuts to Medicare doctors, but those cuts have routinely been dodged by Congress in various “doc fix” bills.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Yes, we certainly don’t want doctors – cardiologists, anesthesiologists, urologists – to take a small cut in pay. God forbid their kids would have to drive a new Jetta instead of having a 3rd Mercedes in the garage.

    1. mudguy1 says:

      So would you be happy if you got cuts in your pay so much thet your pay would not cover your overhead. I know of many doctors that is happening too.

      1. I Seigel says:

        I have heard the scare stories on FOX, but I have no first-hand knowledge of any doctors, nor have I heard of any doctors, that this has actually happened to yet.
        Maybe one way to cut their overhead is to lower their insurance premiums. Whatever happened to “tort reform”? That was a big issue several years ago. I haven’t heard about it in a long time. I’m just guessing, but maybe the American Bar Association threatened to withhold PAC donations if the issue was pursued.

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