The House Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

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Analysis –

With the first half of the health care bill now passed out of the House the Speaker now pivots to the second half of the health care bill commonly referred to as the “doc fix.” The “doc fix” refers to the undoing of the flawed Medicare payment update formula, which Congress created but has routinely stopped from being enforced. Under current law, that formula would result in a 20 percent reduction in doctors’ pay under the Medicare program. This bill would cost another $210 billion, with long term implications in the trillions. This bill is attempting to fix a budget gimmick with yet another budget gimmick.

Major Floor Action –