House GOP to Meet Thursday, Fearing Split Over ‘Doc Fix’

Posted November 18, 2009 at 5:02pm

The House Republican Conference will hold a special meeting Thursday morning to discuss the “doc fix— bill, which has the potential to divide some the most conservative members from their leadership. The bill, which will prevent a 21 percent pay cut to doctors under Medicare, is particularly nettlesome for several members of the Republican Doctors Caucus — who used to be practicing physicians — because it is popular among doctors.House Republican leadership opposes the $210 billion Democratic “doc fix— bill because it is not paid for with tax increases or spending cuts. Republicans plan to introduce an alternative to the Democratic bill when it comes to the floor Thursday. Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has held meetings with Republican doctors and other concerned Members throughout the week to see where they were on the bill, according to sources familiar with the meetings. “Like many Americans, Mr. Cantor is extremely concerned about the massive debt that Democrats and the administration continue to leave in their wake,— Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said. “Everyone wants to help doctors, which is why Republicans developed a fully paid-for alternative that takes care of hard-working docs without adding another quarter-trillion to our debt.—Members of the Republican Doctors Caucus include Reps. Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Tim Murphy (Pa.), John Boozman (Ark.), Charles Boustany (La.), Michael Burgess (Texas), Paul Broun (Ga.), Bill Cassidy (La.), John Fleming (La.), John Linder (Ga.), Ron Paul (Texas), Tom Price (Ga.), Phil Roe (Tenn.) and Mike Simpson (Idaho).