More proof that events in Washington are unpredictable: A “dear colleagues” letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction circulated in the House urging repeal of the sustainable growth-rate formula for Medicare payments—the bane of many docs' existence—did not get signed by most of the physicians serving in the House.
In all, the letter was signed by 92 Democrats and 21 Republicans, but the vast majority of docs took a pass. Physicians signing the letter were: Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.).
The 12 physicians who didn't sign were: Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), Charles Boustany (R-La.), Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Bill Cassidy (R. La.) Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), John Fleming (R-La.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) Andy Harris (R-Md.), Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), and Tom Price (R-Ga.).
“Everybody was approached,” Tali Israeli, a spokesperson for Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) tells Outliers.