Bipartisan Medicare bill helps doctors and kids, but many deficit hawks unimpressed by savings

Published 9:55 am Monday, April 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans say bipartisan legislation that reworks how Medicare pays doctors is a milestone toward curbing a huge, growing benefit program.

It’s “the first real entitlement reform in decades,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, using Washington jargon for programs that automatically pay people who qualify.

Many deficit hawks are less impressed with the bipartisan measure that Congress is expected to complete soon.

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