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 BarrassoEPA head previously used private email for government business Big Pharma must address high drug prices A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Wyo.) and Mike CrapoMike CrapoA guide to the committees: Senate Time for the feds to deregulate gun suppressors Senate votes to repeal transparency rule for oil companies 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."