The Clarion-Ledger, 7/17/8

They voted against it before they voted for it.

Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran voted Tuesday to override President Bush’s veto of a Medicare bill they once strongly opposed.

The bill keeps a 10.6 percent pay cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients from going into effect.

Cochran and Wicker had opposed Democratic plans to prevent the pay cut to doctors by reducing payments to insurers under the Medicare Advantage plan, a semi-private plan offered under the federal government’s health-care program for the elderly.

Doctors who said they would have to stop treating elderly patients if the cuts were implemented supported the Medicare bill.