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Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008--Continued

Location: Washington, DC

MEDICARE IMPROVEMENTS FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS ACT OF 2008--Continued -- (House of Representatives - June 24, 2008)


Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise in strong support of H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to offer their support for this bill.

H.R. 6331 would make a number of improvements that are important to protecting the health and well-being of our seniors. The legislation also addresses the reimbursement concerns of doctors who treat Medicare patients. It also completely is paid for by implementing sensible reforms to the Medicare Advantage program that is supported by almost every expert body, including MedPAC and GAO.

Mr. Speaker, while I still believe that the CHAMP Act, which the House passed last year, was the best way to address Medicare's future, the bill before us today is a reasonable compromise that both Democrats and Republicans should support. In the end this legislation would allow us to take the steps necessary to keep Medicare working for America's seniors, doctors, and taxpayers. And with less than a week to go before the impending physician cuts go into effect, it is time to put politics aside and pass this commonsense policy.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time, and I ask unanimous consent that the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Barrow) be permitted to control the balance of my time.


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