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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.