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Bipartisan Medicare bill would end yearly fixes
Boston Globe

At least once a year, doctors and their elderly patients endure a hated ritual where lawmakers use the threat of deep cuts to physician payments as a political bargaining chip. Now, in a rare instance of bipartisan cooperation, House leaders aim to stop the practice, once and for all.

Speaker John Boehner and Representative Nancy Pelosi, the chamber’s minority leader, on Thursday unveiled a proposal for a permanent solution, renewing hope for health care providers but leaving lawmakers in both parties fretting over the means to pay for the $200 billion package.