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House OKs bill to prevent cuts to Medicare doctors’ payments
San Francisco Chronicle

The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare. The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote came after an hour-long delay amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures. The voice vote was engineered by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., with cooperation from senior Democrats such as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.