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 Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Crapo (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."

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