In a visit with the staffs of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines today, CMS Administrator Thomas Scully conceded that President Bush's Medicare reform plan may not get through Congress.
Bush unveiled the Medicare reform plan March 4, after abandoning reported plans to do away with traditional Medicare in the wake of stiff criticism from leaders within his own party.
The new version retains traditional Medicare and creates two other options through private insurers--and Scully says top Republicans support it.
Scully predicts the proposal will likely pass the House and may squeak through the Senate by three or four votes, but he concedes "there's a good chance that it won't pass in the Senate."
Switching attention to the uninsured, Scully says that issue could not be addressed until the Medicare drug benefit is resolved.