The House will vote next week on legislation to delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate and prevent a cut in Medicare payments to doctors.
Republicans are putting the two bills together so that revenue generated by delaying the individual mandate could be used to pay for preventing a cut in doctor payments.
House aides confirmed that GOP leaders are looking at combining the individual mandate bill to “doc fix” legislation sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas).
Merging the two bills could make the vote particularly difficult for Democrats, who would be forced to support a delay of the mandate that people buy health insurance or face a penalty, in order to vote for the popular doc fix.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said on the House floor Thursday that GOP leaders would bring up the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 4015, next week. SGR is the sustainable growth rate program that is supposed to deliver cuts to Medicare doctors, but those cuts have routinely been dodged by Congress in various “doc fix” bills.
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