SGR Fix Bill Easily Passes House Vote

Opposition Fails to Materialize

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The final vote on H.R. 2 finished up just before 12 Noon ET, Thursday, March 26 2015.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by an overwhelming bipartisan majority this morning, despite all the criticism in the press about its failings and lack of convincing methods to pay for itself.

Articles abound in past few days, even from conservative Forbes magazine, pointing out all the issues identified by pundits. Alternatives are generally not provided in those same articles.

Listening to most of the “debate” during the House Session provides plenty of congratulations by Representatives for achieving the highly unusual compromise. Of course, the morning’s speakers also acknowledged that this is what is supposed to happen, but still pat everyone on the back for doing just that.

Congress, at least today, seems to have rediscovered the genius at the heart of the U.S. Constitution: compromise.

The final vote tally was 392 Yea – 37 Nay – 4 Not Voting. Among the Nays were just 33 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

Resources

To follow this and other congressional bills, see our Bill Tracker page, including links to the text of the bill and published summaries.

You can watch the House Session at CSPAN.

Below are links to other articles that offer alternative opinions about the bill.

The CBO’s New Doc Fix Score Undermines the Case for a Permanent SGR Repeal

Bill to Kill SGR Likely to Pass House, but Fate in Senate Less Certain

An Unappealing ‘Doc Fix’

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