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 BarrassoObamaCare premiums expected to rise sharply amid insurer losses Palestine is latest GOP offensive in climate change wars Senate GOP sticks with leadership team MORE (R-Wyo.) and Mike CrapoMike CrapoBipartisan effort seeks end to budget gimmicks Republicans mum on possibility of Trump filling Supreme Court seat Senate approves first amendments to energy bill 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."