AMA ♥ Kyl on Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day, and no doubt retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona was feeling the love at the American Medical Association's advocacy conference in Washington.

Kyl, the conference's early morning speaker Tuesday, talked much about the Medicare doc-fix as lawmakers still work to find a solution—which he said could come as early as today.“Why are you retiring? We can't let that happen,” AMA President Dr. Peter Carmel asked the lawmaker shortly after Kyl had received strong applause for his views on the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act, a bill that Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a surgeon, introduced last year. The AMA supports the legislation, which would allow Medicare patients and their doctors to enter into private contracts without penalties to either party. Medicare patients would be able to use their benefits to see physicians who do not accept Medicare, rather than having to pay for services out of their own pockets.

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