Without fanfare, President Barack Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the bill that includes a provision to prevent a 27.4% cut to Medicare physician payment rates on Feb. 29.
The president signed the bill after Congress last Friday passed the legislation
, which will freeze Medicare physician payment rates at their current level until Dec. 31 and also extend certain Medicare programs.
The White House blog posted an e-mail from David Plouffe
, senior adviser to the president, who said Obama told a group of visitors to the White House: “Until you see me sign this thing, you've got to keep on speaking up. … If it's not on the White House website, it hasn't happened.”