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 BarrassoPoll: Sanders most popular senator in the US The animal advocate Trump climate move risks unraveling Paris commitments MORE (R-Wyo.) and Mike CrapoMike CrapoBattle begins over Wall Street rules Lawmakers call for pilot program to test for energy sector vulnerabilities Senators war over Wall Street during hearing for Trump's SEC pick 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."