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'Doc fix:' It could fix Medicare funding, but can it fix Washington gridlock?




Clouds move as the sun sets against the west front of the United States Capitol building January 23, 2007 in Washington, DC.
Clouds move as the sun sets against the west front of the United States Capitol building January 23, 2007 in Washington, DC.
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Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that would change the funding formula for doctors who provide services to Medicare patients.

Colloquially known as the “doc fix,” the bill would be one of the first pieces of bipartisan legislation to pass the 114th Congress. The bill addresses a years-long problem with Medicare funding that has been waived on an annual basis. Without the bill, doctors would lose significant revenue if they continued to work with Medicare patients.

House Democrats signed on to the deal in part because it establishes two years of appropriations for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but Senate Democrats are noncommittal because they wanted four years. The President has indicated that he would sign it.

Can the newly Republican-controlled Senate pass a bipartisan bill? Would passage of a “doc fix” lead to successful passage of other bipartisan legislation?

Guests:

Lisa Mascaro, Congressional Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Paul Kane, Congressional Reporter, The Washington Post