LLPH announces that we oppose H.R. 4302 (To amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee).
It is time to fully repeal the SGR so that doctors will no longer have to fear Medicare cuts to their pay that is fully offset. This temporary patch simply brings more uncertainty and the offsets to this bill are FIVE TO TEN YEARS FROM NOW! It shifts around Medicare sequester cuts due to take place in 2024 and 2025, and squeezes them all into 2024. There is no offset today. It also extends some Obamacare programs, which is absolutely shameful. The bill is also a 121-page bill that was just posted on Tuesday night and is now being rushed to the floor.
The GOP Doctor’s Caucus, made up of medical doctors in congress is concerned and will likely oppose this bill:
Members of the House Republican Doctors Caucus, a group of physicians in the GOP, said the policy would allow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to revalue Medicare physician payments arbitrarily to pay for the policy, which they see as a broad expansion of executive power that could hit medical specialists’s pocketbooks.
Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., a member of the caucus, crafted a letter he may send to Boehner on the matter. He noted that the group is also unhappy that the legislation was unveiled late Tuesday, giving the conference little time to absorb the specifics.
Rep. John Fleming, R-La., another member of the Doctors Caucus, said he does not think the bill will have enough votes to pass and may be pulled from the House calendar, especially because it will come up under suspension of the rules, meaning it would need a two-thirds majority to pass.
“They haven’t whipped us on it, so I’m not sure what their thinking is. I don’t think it’s right for passage,” he said. “Our caucus tends to go by what doctors recommend. So I’m not so sure our caucus, the non-physicians, are going to back something that the doctors are not going to. There’s a lot in flux until tomorrow.”
LLPH may score against this bill in our 2014 scorecard.
The House will also consider H.R. 4278 (To support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee). LLPH does not score against sanction bills, but this bill that would implement sanctions ALSO includes foreign aid (“loans”) to Ukraine.
The House will also look at a bill providing loan guarantees and other aid to Ukraine, and also sanctions Russian officials deemed to undermine Ukraine’s security.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/scheduling/201892-thursday-doc-fix-and-ukraine#ixzz2xAjhcq1G
We are in $17 TRILLION national debt. Continuing to spend money in countries in which we do not even really know who we are sending this money to is foolish. Look at history. In Iraq, we gave weapons and aid to Saddam Hussein’s government. In Egypt, we gave weapons and aid to Morsi’s government. Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-United States groups took over and our aid was WASTED. Rushing to give loans and money to Ukraine just because we do not like Russia is not right. LLPH is forced to oppose this bill and we will likely score this vote in our scorecard.