Senate Democrats forced to back down on doctor payment bill

10/20/2009 | NYTimes.com

A proposal that would increase Medicare reimbursements to doctors failed to get through the Senate due to concerns from both political parties that its $247 billion cost would increase the budget deficit. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said he was formulating a more modest and "fully paid for" $25 billion bill to get a Medicare payment hike across.

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