Wicker Supports Permanent ‘Doc Fix’ Deal
Miss. Senator Says ‘Bill Is Landmark Bipartisan Achievement’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today issued the following statement regarding his vote in favor of a bipartisan agreement, H.R. 2, to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate Formula (SGR). The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 92-8.
“This bill is a landmark bipartisan achievement that has eluded Congress for nearly 20 years. The permanent fix to the SGR is not perfect, but it provides much-needed certainty for Americans who depend on Medicare.”
Wicker also voted in favor of an amendment to H.R. 2 that would repeal the individual mandate under Obamacare as a way to offset the cost of the measure. Ultimately, the provision was blocked by Senate Democrats when it failed to meet the 60-vote threshold required to overcome their opposition.
The bill also extends funding over the next two years for the nation’s Community Health Centers, as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
On March 26, the House passed H.R. 2 by a vote of 392 to 37. The legislation now awaits President Obama’s signature to become law.