Congress and the White House reached a short-term agreement to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling just before the nation would have gone into default, and AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., took issue with lawmakers' tactics, saying pushing such vital decisions to the last minute "is no way to serve constituents." He said that repeatedly "taking the debt ceiling to the brink" destabilizes the reliability of Medicare and threatens to disrupt the financial viability of physician practices.

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