Democrats' Medicare Obstruction Delays Bipartisan Compromise
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Thursday regarding the Democrats' decision to block a vote on Medicare legislation which prevents cuts to physicians and preserves patient access:
"Millions of American seniors rely on the benefits provided under Medicare, and we must ensure that the program continues to serve their needs. We started the process of preventing a cut to physicians in the Medicare program by working together because we realized our greatest successes this Congress have been bipartisan ones. It appeared we were making real progress towards crafting bipartisan legislation until the Majority walked away from the negotiating table.
"Republicans recognized the Senate needed a solution that was more than a political exercise - we needed legislation which could be signed into law. Sen. Grassley crafted a package which includes increased payments for physicians, and preserved benefits, without cutting seniors' access to healthcare through Medicare Advantage Private Fee for Service Plans.
"Unfortunately, instead of choosing a bipartisan path, Democrats have once again chosen to play partisan politics by objecting to moving forward with Sen. Grassley's alternative, insisting instead on voting on a bill which will never become law. Now that this political exercise is complete, we should return to the negotiating table to create a bipartisan bill which not only preserves access to quality medical care for seniors and increases payments for costly procedures, but will also be signed into law."