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Hare Votes to Override President's Veto of Bill Protecting Medicare

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted to override President Bush's misguided veto of legislation that would block the pending 10 percent payment reduction for physicians in Medicare.

"By overriding the President's veto, the House today sent a clear message that we will not tolerate any weakening of Medicare," Hare said. "During a time of recession, we should be taking steps to expand life-saving health care for our seniors."

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 eliminates the pending 10 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians for the remainder of 2008 and provides a 1.1 percent increase in reimbursements for 2009. This would help preserve care for over 1.75 million beneficiaries in Illinois.

"Today's vote demonstrated a stark difference in priorities between President Bush and many in Congress," Hare said. "The President's priority is to continue to fund the war in Iraq at the expense of virtually every program here at home. Ours is to protect Medicare for seniors who desperately need it."

The bill originally passed the House with a veto-proof majority on June 24.

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