Congress voted late Tuesday to override President Bush’s veto of a bill that would keep doctors’ Medicare payments from being slashed.
Shortly after Bush vetoed the legislation, the House of Representatives voted 383-41 to overturn and the Senate followed closely with a 70-26 vote.
The bill will now become a law, effectively freezing an 11 percent pay cut for Medicare doctors that the legislations supporters said would have discouraged doctors from treating elderly Medicare patients.
While this may end Medicare legislation struggles for the rest of the Bush term, it is widely expected to be taken up again when the next president takes office.
Source: Reuters, www.reuters.com