GOP senators link support for payroll tax cut package to looser bounds on physician-owned hospitals

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The payroll tax cut package that passed the House late last year would make it easier for existing physician-hospitals to expand. The Senate version has no such provision, however, and Democrats have little desire to revisit the issue.

Still, Kyl said he and the two other Republican senators on the conference committee — John BarrassoJohn BarrassoA frantic scramble before possible healthcare vote next week Overnight Healthcare: Senate GOP leader expects health vote next week | Senate Republicans consider deeper Medicaid cuts | Dems vow to block Senate work Senate GOP leader: Health vote expected next week MORE (R-Wyo.) and Mike CrapoMike CrapoOvernight Regulation: Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief | FCC proposes 2M fine on robocaller | Yellowstone grizzly loses endangered protection Overnight Finance: Big US banks pass Fed stress tests | Senate bill repeals most ObamaCare taxes | Senate expected to pass Russian sanctions bill for second time All big US banks pass Dodd-Frank stress tests MORE (R-Idaho) — were "strongly convinced that some review" of the restrictions was in order.

"I think it's an important issue," Barrasso told The Hill. "I would like to see it included in any kind of conference agreement."