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House Subcommittee Schedules Markup Of ‘Doc Fix’ Bill

The panel on July 22 will consider a measure repealing the current Medicare physician payment formula. Also in the news, some fact-checking on House GOP efforts to repeal the health law.

CQ HealthBeat: Upton Announces Markup Of 'Doc Fix' Bill In Energy And Commerce
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a markup July 22 of a bill to overhaul how Medicare pays physicians, a step forward in repealing the unpopular current formula. The subcommittee markup would be the first in several years on a plan to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula and institute a new system for Medicare reimbursements to doctors. Full committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., confirmed the markup Monday in an interview with local CBS television affiliate WWMT in Michigan (Ethridge, 7/16).

The Washington Post's The Fact Checker: Harry Reid's Claim That House GOP Efforts To Repeal 'Obamacare' All Ended In Failure
Congressional Republicans have never reconciled themselves to passage of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which became law in 2010 without a single Republican vote when the Democrats had big majorities in the House and Senate. But a review of the votes commonly lumped together as "repeal" shows that only a handful in this list of "40" (actually 37) involved repeal of the entire law (Kessler, 7/16).

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