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Reid: AMA Promised Me GOP Healthcare Votes

Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 02:33 PM

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is telling his Senate colleagues that the leading physicians’ group in America misled him by giving him bad information.

And because of that, Democrats are not expected to have the votes to pass a 10-year freeze of scheduled cuts to doctors' Medicare payments, according to The Hill.

Reid had offered to pass the "doctors' fix" in return for support from the doctors on President Barack Obama's broader healthcare initiative, which is slated for the Senate floor later this year.

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The AMA allegedly promised Reid that it could deliver 27 Republican votes for the legislation, according to two Senate Democratic lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Reid needs those GOP votes because at least five members of his party have vowed to vote against the doctors' fix.

"We'll take this up again when we finish healthcare," Reid said Wednesday, referring to the freeze, "and we'll have a multiple-year fix for this. Right now, we'll only have a one-year fix."

The doctor payment cuts are mandated by a 1997 law.

A spokeswoman for the AMA did not respond immediately to a request for comment, the Hill reported.

Read the full story atin the Washington PostThe Hill.com

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