There’s no doubt that this year’s harsh Medicare physician payment cut would have harmed access to health care for seniors, those with disabilities and military families (7/10, A-7, “Senate prevents payment cuts to doctors for Medicare”). At the last moment, the U.S. Congress acted to stop the cut with veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.
The American Medical Association thanks Sen. Pat Roberts for standing up for seniors and their physicians by voting to stop the cuts. This vote was vital, as 60 percent of physicians said the Medicare cut would force them to limit the number of new Medicare patients they could treat.
Tens of thousands of patients and physicians contacted their senators in the first week of July urging action, and Sen. Roberts heard and heeded their plea. For that, the physicians of America are sincerely grateful.
Nancy H. Nielsen
President, American Medical Association