Day 24 – SGR Payment Fix Quagmire

A Republican filibuster appears increasingly likely to kill the legislation that includes reversing the 21 percent fee cut imposed last week on doctors participating in Medicare. The bill also includes many items popular with lawmakers in both parties, including the further extension of unemployment insurance for people who have been out of work for more than six months, and renewing dozens of tax cuts.

A new version of the legislation was offered Wednesday night by Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is courting Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to provide the critical votes needed to defeat a GOP filibuster. But Snowe and Collins were withholding support.

A senior Senate Democratic aide said Wednesday evening that several days’ worth of negotiations with a handful of moderate Republicans had failed and that a vote later this week to break the filibuster was likely to fail as well. Democrats would then abandon the measure and go back to the drawing board.

ADVOCATE will continue to provide updates as they become available.

With best regards,
Kirk Reinitz, CPA