The House could vote as early as tonight to approve Medicare reform legislation, another version of which is expected to clear the Senate today or tomorrow. Despite opposition to the bill from some conservative Republicans and several Democrats, House leaders said today will be a historic day for Medicare. "Seniors are ready for the benefit and tired of the debate," said Rep. Billy Tauzin, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which helped develop the legislation now being considered. Provisions boosting reimbursement to rural healthcare providers and averting a Medicare physician pay cut are expected to stay in the legislation, congressional aides and lobbyists said. The remaining divisions center on the degree to which private plans should administer a Medicare drug benefit and whether the benefit should be based on seniors' financial means. -- by Jeff Tieman
House, Senate votes on Medicare expected soon
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