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Medicare 'Doc Fix' Tied to Payroll Tax Measure


House members voted 293-132, and Senate members voted 60-36, on Friday (Feb. 17) to approve a bill that extends the current 4.2% payroll tax through the end of 2012, as well as prevent payment cuts for Medicare doctors. Without the bill, which President Obama has promised to sign, the payroll tax would have reverted to 6.2% on March 1, and the Medicare payments for physicians would be cut by 27%.

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