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Vote on Medicare payment cuts divides Democrats

Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2009
The Senate on Wednesday voted down a measure that would have permanently prevented Medicare payment cuts to doctors, with a split in the Democratic vote showing there remains room for disagreement on the healthcare front within the party. Meanwhile, congressional Democrats moved to stiffen antitrust laws on insurance companies. The two actions could influence whether the broader health-overhaul legislation Democrats are pushing in Congress wins support from doctors and insurers.