Physician groups and other healthcare advocates applauded Congress override of a presidential veto of a bill that halts a 10.6% cut to Medicare payments through 2009 and makes other adjustments to the program.
The bill effectively became law after the Senate voted 70-26 and the House voted 383-41 to override the president's veto. In response to provisions in the new law, the CMS in a memo indicated it would be replacing the 10.6% cut with a 0.5% update retroactive to July 1.
It has been a long and winding road, but today we celebrate that Congress heard the voices of millions of patients and physicians and voted to override President Bushs veto and protect the health of America. We thank the bipartisan majority in Congress who voted to put patients first, said Nancy Nielsen, president of the American Medical Association, in a written statement. (Story continues below.)