27% Cuts will likely be Postponed

The Senate on Saturday approved legislation that included a two-month extension of the 2011 Medicare rates, postponing the scheduled 27 percent cut triggered by the flawed SGR formula. The Senate voted 89-10 in support of the package that included the legislation, which will be taken up by the House early this week.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that he and other House Republicans are opposed to the two-month deal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Saturday, casting uncertainty on the future of a measure that leaders of both parties have said must pass before the end of the year.

“Well, it’s pretty clear that I and our members oppose the Senate bill,” Boehner said. “It’s only for two months. You know, the president said we shouldn’t go on vacation until we get our work done. And frankly, House Republicans agree.”

Boehner called the House-passed measure a “reasonable, responsible bill” and contended that the two-month deal would bring uncertainty to the economy.

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