House passes Medicare 'doc fix,' 243-183

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.

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Dr. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTrump signs 'right to try' drug bill House approves 'right to try,' sends bill to Trump's desk Overnight Health Care: New allegations against VA nominee | Dems worry House moving too fast on opioid bills | HHS chief back in DC | FDA reexamines safety of controversial Parkinson's drug MORE (R-Texas) endured intense lobbying efforts by his GOP colleagues to oppose the nearly quarter of a trillion dollar bill that Democrats do not offset.

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 ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama: Are we a nation that rips families apart? Another chance to seek the return of fiscal sanity to the halls of Congress Colombia’s new leader has a tough road ahead, and Obama holdovers aren't helping MORE 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.