The Senate has, so far, failed to defer scheduled 21% payment cuts to physicians treating Medicare patients: Physician reimbursement rates and the political crossfire over new government spending.


  • Ron Pollack is Executive Director of Families USA, a national non-profit organization for health care consumers.
  • Alice Rivlin senior fellow, Brookings Institution, vice chair, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (1996-99); director, White House Office of Management and Budget (1994-96); and founding director, Congressional Budget Office (1975-83).
  • Stuart Guterman Assistant Vice President, Director, Program on Payment System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Brian Riedl senior budget analyst, The Heritage Foundation


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