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Mar 28, 2015

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schumer as next leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office.

Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year.

Mar 27, 2015

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; favors Schumer to replace him as leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and swiftly threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader.

“I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid said in an interview with The Washington Post, referring to the selection of the next head of the Senate Democratic caucus, a post that will be filled after November 2016 elections.

Mar 26, 2015

Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress’s only option

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi’s cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue.

Not long afterward, Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, dispatched a top healthcare adviser to a secret meeting with his counterpart working for Pelosi, the Democratic leader.

Mar 26, 2015

US House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to
permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare
physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending
the issue next to the Senate.

The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House
Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would
fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It
would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. House passes bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors.

Mar 25, 2015

Obama ready to sign bipartisan fix for Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he was ready to sign bipartisan legislation to change the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, signaling support for a bipartisan effort by U.S. House of Representatives leaders.

“Congress is working to fix the Medicare physician payment system. I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama, a Democrat, said at the White House, adding that this would be “really exciting.”

Mar 24, 2015

Medicare doctor pay fix prospects brighten in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner said on Tuesday that prospects were good for
passage of a permanent fix to Medicare’s flawed doctor-pay
formula, a move that would spare physicians from impending pay
cuts.

The Republican leader said the House was intent on avoiding
another short-term repair like the ones resorted to previously.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. House leader says prospects good for fixing Medicare doctor pay

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that
prospects were good for passage of a permanent fix to Medicare’s
flawed doctor-pay formula that would spare physicians from
impending steep pay cuts.

The Republican leader said the House was intent on avoiding
the kind of short-term repair that has been resorted to
previously.

Mar 23, 2015

Obamacare subsidies likely expanded insurance coverage -report

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Early evidence suggests
that the tax credit subsidies at the core of President Barack
Obama’s healthcare reform law likely helped expand U.S. health
insurance coverage last year, Congress’s non-partisan research
arm said on Monday.

The subsidies – which can be paid by the federal government
to insurers in advance to lower monthly insurance premiums -
significantly reduced the premium costs, the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. abortion politics snag effort to fix doctors’ Medicare pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Abortion politics in the U.S. Congress, already holding up a human trafficking bill and a key Obama administration nomination, are now also complicating bipartisan talks on a deal that would spare physicians from Medicare pay cuts.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and another senior Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, say they’re worried that an emerging House of Representatives deal to rewrite Medicare’s flawed doctor-pay formula will include anti-abortion language.