The American Medical Association became very angry and turned up its heat on the U. S. Congress on Thursday for failing to stop a 21% Medicare pay cut for docs who have been treating elderly patients.
The doctors' group said that it introduced a multimillion dollar ad crusade in which they have criticized the U. S. Senate for going on a week-long Memorial Day break prior to acting on a bill that would have deferred the pay cut that came into effect on June 1.
AMA President James Rohack said during a telephone news conference that the AMA will not keep its silence whilst the Senate is unsuccessful to fulfill its obligation to senior citizens and the baby boomers that started to make an entry into the program in just six months when the first round turns 65.
But the Medicare pay issue has become all a mess in Senate squabbling over budget shortages and the cost of an economic package that would expand jobless benefits and tax ruptures intended to stimulate the financial system.
The doctors' group has been lobbying for a lasting modification in the payment method and that they say the existing system is outmoded and would have permitted steep cuts in Medicare expenditure if it had not been for recurring action by Congress to hold them up.
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