Pelosi: Dems ready to take action on $200B Medicare deal

Pelosi: Dems ready to take action on $200B Medicare deal
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Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' MORE (D-Calif.) is all but predicting Congress will pass a permanent fix to the long-standing problem surrounding Medicare payments to doctors. 


The House minority leader, who’s been working this month with Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Trump hits Dems over Medicare for all | Hurricane Michael nears landfall Kavanaugh becomes new flashpoint in midterms defined by anger MORE (R-Ohio) in search of a solution to the perennial controversy, said a framework will be released Thursday and that she anticipated Democrats will be eager to put the problem behind them.

“We'll put out some framework today ... and then more particulars when we post the bill,” Pelosi said during a press conference in the Capitol. “It's something that has to happen.

"Our caucus is very enthusiastic about ending this whole discussion [and] the uncertainty about the SGR that has existed for years," Pelosi added. "For a long time, our caucus has been ready to take the action that we're taking now, and we'll see. We'll see when we see the final bill what their enthusiasm is for it. ... Of course, it's not finished yet. So when it is finished, people will see what it is and then we'll see who wants to vote for it or not."

Pelosi and Boehner have been involved in talks on a $200 billion package that would permanently prevent cuts in physician payments to doctors that Congress has traditionally patched on a regular basis.

—This story ws updated at 12:25 p.m.