Despite intense pressure from health care lobbying groups, including
the American Medical Association, the 107th Congress adjourned without passing
legislation to block a cut in fees paid to Medicare providers. While the House
passed a bill that would have reversed the 4.4% cut, which takes effect this
month (January 2003), the Senate did not.
Health care policy analysts blamed two factors for the inaction: a time
crunch and an unwillingness to favor physicians over other providers, such
as long-term care facilities.
Vastag B. Medicare Cuts Not Reversed. JAMA. 2003;289(1):35. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.35-a