House passes Medicare 'doc fix,' 243-183

The House overwhelmingly approved a physician repayment bill to permanently fix the way doctors who cover Medicare patients are reimbursed.

Only one Republican member voted with Democrats for the bill that was approved 243-183.

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Dr. Michael BurgessMichael BurgessGOP rebuffs doctors on gun research Overnight Healthcare: Congress kicks off opioid talks | GOP rebuffs doctors on gun research | Philly passes first soda tax Senior Trump aide assures conservatives on court picks MORE (R-Texas) endured intense lobbying efforts by his GOP colleagues to oppose the nearly quarter of a trillion dollar bill that Democrats do not offset.

Eleven Democrats joined 176 Republicans in opposing the bill that would fix what both parties described as a “flawed formula” for reimbursing doctors of Medicare patients.


Despite a vow to offset any new spending, the Democratic measure would cost $210 billion over 10 years but does not include a "pay-for" in the bill.

Republicans seized on that issue at a time when President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFormer CIA chief shuts down Trump's calls for waterboarding Clinton camp: Trump's fundraising 'bragging is total bunk' Football coach Ditka: 'Happy' to speak at GOP convention but not invited MORE said in China that there should not be any more deficit spending.

“It exacerbates the problem of the fiscal recklessness the majority party. As a physician I know, with every fiber of my being, that the doctors of this land are sick and tired of being played for fools,” Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) said on the floor, explaining that the Democratic bill would not sustain the rate of spending to make the payments.