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Obama Signs 'Doc Fix' Bill

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 16, 2010

“There is bipartisan agreement that the current system is broken, and AMA will work closely with policymakers on a long-term solution that helps physicians continue to care for seniors now and in the future," Wilson said. "It’s clear that 2011 is the year to finally fix this problem, as the baby boomers begin relying on Medicare this January for their health coverage.”

The AARP and the Military Officers Association of America are two groups that advocated for the one-year extension.

DeParle, however, said in her White House blog post that it's time for a permanent solution.

"Today was an important milestone, but signing this law is just the first step. For years, Congress and Presidents from both parties have acted to stop pay cuts for doctors called for by the Sustainable Growth Rate. Each solution was temporary, forcing Congress to continually deal with this matter and leaving doctors to wonder if they would be forced to take a pay cut in the future.

"After years of temporary measures, the President believes it's time for a permanent solution. Over the next year, the President and his team will work with Congress to address this matter once and for all. We all agree that this formula needs to be changed. Now's the time to get it done."
 


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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