By Sam Baker - 08/23/13 05:22 PM EDT
Obama's budget proposes removing the "critical access" designation from hospitals that are within 10 miles of another hospital. The senators, in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said the 10-mile proposal is "arbitrary" and doesn't take into account the services provided at each facility.
"We strongly support smart, targeted Medicare reforms that will reduce costs and maintain high quality of care. This proposal does not qualify," the senators wrote.
Twelve Democrats signed the letter, including Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska).