|Carson Votes to Protect Seniors' Access to Doctors|
November 19, 2009
“Medicare is a lifeline for America’s seniors, and today the House took a crucial step toward strengthening this vital program and ensuring our elderly have access to the highest quality care,” said Congressman Carson.
This bill tackles seniors’ main concern – preventing pay cuts that could encourage doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients. It builds on the historic health insurance reform bill the House passed earlier this month, which will lower premiums, extend the solvency of Medicare by five years, improve preventive and primary care for seniors, and close the “donut hole” drug coverage gap.
To underscore the need to cut the deficit, the House attached statutory “pay-as-you-go,” or PAYGO, legislation to the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act before sending it to the Senate. By joining statutory PAYGO with this legislation,
With statutory PAYGO in place, all new tax and entitlement policies must be offset, restoring fiscal discipline and attacking national deficits. By enacting statutory PAYGO, Democrats are putting an end to the reckless borrow-and-spend policies of the past administration and the Republican-controlled Congress and reinstating the principle that took the country from record deficits to record surpluses in the Clinton Administration.
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