With this unprecedented set of circumstances Congress must continue its progress and vote early this year to enact fiscally-responsible legislation aimed at ending the SGR era, and make reforms that will not only preserve Medicare, but make it better for the 49 million Americans who rely on it today, and for future generations of patients and the physicians who are entrusted with their care.
The time is now for Congress to put an end to the SGR, it is the fiscally responsible solution and will improve care delivery for Medicare patients for years to come.
Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., is president of the American Medical Association.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.