07.09.08

Burr Statement On The Medicare Improvements Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to today's vote in the Senate on the Medicare Improvements For Patients And Providers Act (H.R. 6331):

"Today's vote on the Medicare bill was yet another unfortunate display of partisanship instead of working together to solve problems. I am pleased the doctor's reimbursement cuts have been avoided and the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program is being delayed, but I am very disappointed this has come at the unnecessary expense of Medicare Advantage, a program enjoyed by over 200,000 North Carolinians. I have been very clear in my opposition to cutting Medicare Advantage reimbursements to pay for other changes to the Medicare program."

"It is unfortunate that so many will have their health care plans cut because of the actions of this Democrat majority today. By refusing to work together, the Democrat leadership not only wants to punish those who enjoy the benefits of Medicare Advantage, but they want to play politics with our seniors and the doctors and pharmacists that care for them. The American people deserve better."