President Barack Obama says some Medicare patients could lose their doctors without legislation to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in reimbursements.
(AP) President Barack Obama says some Medicare patients could lose their doctors without legislation to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in reimbursements.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, the President calls on Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending or some doctors will stop treating Medicare recipients.
He notes that since 2003, Democrats and Republicans alike have blocked similar proposed cuts in doctors' reimbursement rates. But now, he said, Republicans are "willing to walk away from the needs of our doctors and our seniors."
The so-called doc fix is part of a large, Democratic-drafted bill that would extend several popular tax breaks while greatly increasing the tax that oil companies pay into a spill liability fund. Republican senators object to the bill's tax increases.
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