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President Obama Signs One-Year Delay of Medicare Cut Into Law

AMA president attends Oval Office bill signing

For immediate release:
Dec. 15, 2010    

Statement Attributable to:
Cecil B. Wilson, MD
President, American Medical Association

“Today, President Obama signed into law a one-year delay of the looming Medicare physician payment cut that would have hurt seniors’ health care.  The AMA commends President Obama and bipartisan leaders in the Senate and House for their commitment to a year-long delay of the 25 percent cut. The AMA strongly advocated for this one-year delay to create a stable environment for seniors and their physicians.  Leaving behind this year’s vicious cycle of five delays was crucial to preserving health care for seniors, and it provides time for Congress to work on a long-term solution to the physician payment problem.

“There is bipartisan agreement that the current system is broken, and AMA will work closely with policymakers on a long-term solution that helps physicians continue to care for seniors now and in the future. It’s clear that 2011 is the year to finally fix this problem, as the baby boomers begin relying on Medicare this January for their health coverage.”

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 4994, the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010, in the Oval Office, Dec. 15, 2010.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama signs H.R. 4994, the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010, in the Oval Office, Dec. 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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