By Molly K. Hooper - 11/19/09 09:41 PM EST
The House overwhelmingly approved a physician repayment bill to permanently fix the way doctors who cover Medicare patients are reimbursed.
Only one Republican member voted with Democrats for the bill that was approved 243-183.
Eleven Democrats joined 176 Republicans in opposing the bill that would fix what both parties described as a “flawed formula” for reimbursing doctors of Medicare patients.
Despite a vow to offset any new spending, the Democratic measure would cost $210 billion over 10 years but does not include a "pay-for" in the bill.
Republicans seized on that issue at a time when President Barack Obama said in China that there should not be any more deficit spending.
“It exacerbates the problem of the fiscal recklessness the majority party. As a physician I know, with every fiber of my being, that the doctors of this land are sick and tired of being played for fools,” Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) said on the floor, explaining that the Democratic bill would not sustain the rate of spending to make the payments.